MINIATURE YOMBE FETISH FIGURE, PUBLISHED
Dem. Rep. of Congo (Zaire), Yombe
Period/Date: 19th- Early 20th Century
Materials: Hardwood, brass bell, fiber cord, kaolin, resin, magical substances
Description: This early style miniature fetish figure still has an intact fetish bundle on the top of the head. It has a pleasant face and a serene yet confident countenance. Unlike the face and the feet, the torso is only softly defined with arms resenting on the hips. Judging from the pattern and patina on the chest, it had a fetish bundle attached at one time. In good condition having acquired a dry varied semi-encrusted patina. Attachments and fiber cord are very old and appear to be original. Quality Congo figures with provenance are selling for huge prices at auction these days. Sure to be a welcome addition to any art collection.
Dimensions: Height: 6" (15 cm), Width 2" (5 cm)