Lot 141: Luba/Hemba Caryatid
22 October 2016
Bruxelles, BelgiumLive Auction
Wood - 41,9 cm D.R. Congo
Provenance: René Rasmussen, Paris Anita Schröder, Munich (1970)
Oddner, Georg. Afrikanskt (African Art): A source of inspiration for Modern art, Malmö konsthall Sweden, 1986, p.150, no. 191.
African Art from the Leslie Sacks Collection, Refined Eye, Passionate Heart, Skira 2013, p.70
Exhibited: Afrikanskt (African Art) A Source of Inspiration for Modern Art. 22 March - 19 May, 1986, Malmö Konsthall, Sweden
Important symbol of power in the Luba King’s treasure, the artist followed a sober approach to realize this stool. Favoring the use of the solid volumes, he combined elegance and balance to illustrate the power and the stability of the king in his kingdom. The beautiful patina illustrates the great attention and use given to this object.
With a few abstract traits the artist has managed to give serene an stoical expression to the face. The breasts lead the eye to beautiful scarifications ornemanting the belly.