Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bakongo peoples, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A finely-carved wooden figure of a male drummer crouching atop an integral ovoid plinth with a large idiophone held between his legs. He leans forward and holds both hands atop the drum head as if he's creating a rhythmic beat. A thick neck supports the large head which boasts a stylized visage of almond-shaped eyes, a wide, aquiline nose, full lips, and a slender beard, all beneath heavy brows and a conical helmet. Several areas along the body and head present vibrant vermilion pigment, and lustrous brown patina covers the unpainted areas. A fabulous figural example from Central Africa! Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 3.25" W x 16.5" H (8.3 cm x 41.9 cm); 17.25" H (43.8 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private Los Angeles, California, USA collection; ex-private estate collection, New York, USA
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Small losses to base and ears, with repairs to left leg and several areas of verso. Minor nicks and abrasions to legs, arms, body, and head, with a few stable hairline fissures, and fading to original pigmentation. Light earthen deposits as well as nice traces of pigmentation and brown patina throughout.