Vili Wood Carved Pfemba Maternity

14030. Vili Wood Carved Pfemba Maternity

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Rare maternity with finely sculpted face and eyes inlaid with glass surmounted by an oblong headdress. The mouth with the hemmed lips, slightly ajar, reveals teeth whose two incisors are filed. She stands with her child in her arm. The raised chest is compressed by a link that projects its breasts. The back is fully and finely carved with beautiful embossed scarifications in the form of cowries for the upper part and diamonds for the lower part. Hardwood with light brown patina

Size: 9-1/2 inches (24.13cm) H + custom base.

Provenance: Ex Don Taitt Collection.

Published Art Bakongo Les Centres de Style, by Lehuard Raoul, Vol II: Arts d’Afrique Noire 1989.266 #D10-1-D

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