Holo statue, DRC Standing head-on on half-bent... - Lot 173 - Arthema Auction

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Holo statue, DRC Standing head-on on half-bent... - Lot 173 - Arthema Auction
Holo statue, DRC Standing head-on on half-bent legs, the figure is depicted holding an object, with one arm missing. The massive head features a face marked by large rimmed eyes, as in Suku and Yaka statuary. Satin-finish black patina. Desiccation cracks and abrasions 53 x 11 cm In the Democratic Republic of Congo, between the Yaka and the Tchokwé from Angola, the small Holo ethnic group migrated from the Angolan coast to settle near the banks of the Kwango River. They earn their livelihood from hunting and farming. Neighboring ethnic groups, such as the Suku and Yaka, have influenced their traditional sculptures. The Holo produced helmet masks and prestige objects for the ruling elite. The Holo used sculptures to guard against the influence of evil spirits, including the moon and the rainbow. These statues were placed near dwellings as protection against lightning. In addition to the biombo royal figures, the Holos have ritual statues called mvunzi . Ref: "Afrique" Coll. Sargos
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