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Outstanding African DRC Suku Crouching Tribal Fetish
Height: 47 Centimeters
Early 20th Century
Highly stylized figure elaborate coiffure distinctive nose crouching pose dark brown patina
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CONDITION Wood deterioration, chips and scrapes, age cracks, worn areas, overall condition good. Thank you and please view my other items.
BACKGROUND The Suku people have lived in the South-Western part of the Democratic Republic of Congo – Formerly Zaire – since the 16th century. With the arrival of the Yaka and the Lunda in their territory, they were split into two autonomous groups. Their main economic resource is farming, but occasionally communal hunts are organized. Stylistically, their sculptures are characterized by an enlarged head with an almond-shaped mouth, a triangular nose and coffee-bean eyes, all set under elaborate coiffure. The Suku carved figures which were used during fertility ceremonies.
Painter Fred Uhlman words - Most of the artists I admired, Picasso, Modigliani, Deraini, to mention only a few, had collected African art and had been profoundly
influenced by it. Shortly afterwards I bought the Baule Fetish and the Baule bobbin which are still two of the finest pieces in my collection. It is easy to see
why I bought them and why from that moment I have never stopped collecting. The head of the bobbin or heddle - pulley which is after all only a functional
object for the purpose of weaving seemed to me then and today as beautiful as a Greek goddess. The fetish moved me as deeply as the bobbin by its silent
tragic dignity and its air of profound meditation.
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