Vintage and Antique Tribal Art and Artifacts from The Americas.
A fine Luba Songye janus form fetish figure

A fine Luba Songye janus form fetish figure

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Pre 1950: Item # 1218874

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michael cichon tribal arts
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An elegant example of the transitional Luba and Songye style found in the Upper River region of D.R.Congo. This intermediate zone has produced a variety of objects, such as this large 'kabeja', or janus form, figure, as well as stools and whitened masks. The figures of this sculpture are subtle and mild, but hold the viewers attention with their calm demeanor. Most likely, these back-to-back images represent a male and female, each sharing highly similar features and notable, concave profiles. A small hole atop the piece is caked with a white, organic, possibly kaolin-based material; tied torso bundles of fiber and fur, and 'charged' horn tip pendants further embellish the two images. Their entire lower section has been wrapped in a section of civet hide. Showing a fine, varied, deep and shiny dark brown-red patina (less so underneath the hide wrap), the kabeja fetish measures 16" high, and is in very fine condition with a couple of old and stable checks in the wood. Early-mid 20th century. Provenance: Breuer collection, 1980's; Pollack collection, Florida, to present.