A Carved and Polychrome Kuyu Ebongo Dance Head on Stand, D.R. Congo, 2nd quarter 20th c.

Kuyu (Africa, 20th Century)

A Carved and Polychrome Kuyu Ebongo Dance Head on Stand, D.R. Congo, 2nd quarter 20th c.

A wonderful carved and painted 'Ebongo' head used by the Kuyu people of the Democratic Republic of Congo in their ceremonial 'Kebe-Kebe' dance rituals. Ebongo was the Kuyu serpent-god and the dance narrated the the culture's story of creation, with the dancer holding the carved Ebongo overhead while the rest of his body was disguised in a long gown usually made of raffia grass.

The piece was acquired from a very good Los Angeles collection where it had resided since the early 1950's. It displays a very good natural patina from age and use, particularly on the stem area where the head would have been held from and on the face.

WIDTH: in | HEIGHT: 22 in | DEPTH: 6 in

Origin Africa
Category Wood
Circa1940
Period 20th Century
Style Primitive
ConditionVery good

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CONDITION: Good, used condition with natural patina

THB REF: 3021467774
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