"Former Female Fetish / Democratic Republic Of The Congo (zaire), Middle Of The Twentieth Century"Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Presumed age: Mid 20th century
Off stand: 8.5 x 4 cm
Condition: Beautiful patina, large slit due to the age of the piece
Provenance: Old private collection, Switzerland
Very nice representation of a female fetish. The latter is represented standing stylized, the arms merging into the mass of the body. Two small barely perceptible breasts overhang a projecting abdomen thus joining the upper limbs. The lower part of the body is worked in the manner of a cone thus allowing the stability of the work which was placed outside. The upper part of the body is characterized by a wide and minimalist neck on which comes to take place a triangular face slightly turned to the right. Two large, wide, fine eyes frame a trapezoidal nose under which an open mouth is placed. For African people, death, disease or disaster are never natural. They result from the harmful action of an enemy or a failure to respect the gods and ancestors. Good is in a sense the absence of evil, hence the importance of being constantly surrounded by an overbidding of fetishes.