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Mbole Ofika statue - DRC Congo- African Art Tribal Art
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  • Title: Mbole Ofika statue - DRC Congo- African Art Tribal Art
  • Item Category: Figure, statue
  • Date/Period: Second half 20th century
  • Origin: DRC, Congo
  • Materials: Wood
  • Dimensions: 14,17 Inch
  • Weight: 0,99 Pounds
  • Note: Stand not included.
  • Additional Information: The sculptor Mbole has endowed the figure with a resigned and suffering physiognomy thanks to half-closed eyelids and a narrow mouth in a pale face. The position is characteristic: legs bent, arms folded in an unnatural way, hands placed on the thighs. Black brown patina, white highlights. Misses and cracks from desiccation. The Lualaba province had several closely related ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole are known for their statues embodying, according to D. Biebuck ,of the hanged, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had a custom of judging and sentencing to hanging those guilty of infractions of the imposed rules. These offenses ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy encircling the lilwa . Dishonored, the bodies of condemned persons were not given any burial and were buried in the forest. It was during the ceremonies at the end of the initation, presided over by a notable isoya , that these statues were exhibited , presented lying on a litter.

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    Mbole Ofika statue - DRC Congo- African Art Tribal Art

    Estimate $206 - $238
    May 17, 2022
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    Starting Price $100
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    Est. $206 - $238Starting Price $100
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  • Title: Mbole Ofika statue - DRC Congo- African Art Tribal Art
  • Item Category: Figure, statue
  • Date/Period: Second half 20th century
  • Origin: DRC, Congo
  • Materials: Wood
  • Dimensions: 14,17 Inch
  • Weight: 0,99 Pounds
  • Note: Stand not included.
  • Additional Information: The sculptor Mbole has endowed the figure with a resigned and suffering physiognomy thanks to half-closed eyelids and a narrow mouth in a pale face. The position is characteristic: legs bent, arms folded in an unnatural way, hands placed on the thighs. Black brown patina, white highlights. Misses and cracks from desiccation. The Lualaba province had several closely related ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole are known for their statues embodying, according to D. Biebuck ,of the hanged, named ofika . The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, had a custom of judging and sentencing to hanging those guilty of infractions of the imposed rules. These offenses ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy encircling the lilwa . Dishonored, the bodies of condemned persons were not given any burial and were buried in the forest. It was during the ceremonies at the end of the initation, presided over by a notable isoya , that these statues were exhibited , presented lying on a litter.

    Reserve: $132.50

    Shipping:
  • Domestic: Flat-rate of $47.70 to anywhere within the contiguous U.S.
  • International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination. International shipping may be subject to VAT.
  • Combined shipping: Please ask about combined shipping for multiple lots before bidding.
  • Location: This item ships from Belgium

    Your purchase is protected:
    Photos, descriptions, and estimates were prepared with the utmost care by a fully certified expert and appraiser. All items in this sale are guaranteed authentic.

    In the rare event that the item did not conform to the lot description in the sale, Jasper52 specialists are here to help. Buyers may return the item for a full refund provided you notify Jasper52 within 5 days of receiving the item.
  • Condition
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    Good

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