Democratic Republic of the Congo
Vili Kongo female fetish figure
Carved wood, cowrie shell, pigments
19th or early 20th century
Height: 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm)
Ex collection Jo Christiaens, Belgium
Ex collection Gustau Gili, Spain
Ex Galeria David Serra, Barcelona
The carving was conceived as the receptacle of supernatural powers and had to adhere to specific ritual and aesthetic prescriptions.
This female figure is distinguished by its refinement and intense expressivity.
Raoul Lehuard wrote a certificate of authenticity for this figure in 2003