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Royal Kuba Art Treasures

Ethnographic & Tribal Art Auction (Royal Kuba Art Treasures)

Dear friends and African Art lovers,

INTRODUCTION VIDEO: An interesting video from Arthur Bourgeois

Art of the Kuba: Journey to a Majestic Past

Art of the Kuba: Journey to a Majestic Past is a 30 minute program about the art and culture of the Kuba People of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The show highlights the exhibit, held at Governors State University's Visual Arts Gallery, and features the rich textiles, intricate beadwork, ceremonial masks, and historical photographs of the Kuba.

An interview by GSU Art History Professor Prof. Art Bourgeois of Prince Ngoloshang Mbecky of the Kuba Royal family is interesting to listen to to understand the meaning of those masks and objects.


Ethnographic & Tribal Art Auction : Royal Kuba Treasures

I have always been fascinated by the Kuba, due not only to their rich culture but also the colonial connection that Belgian has with the Congo. I like their fine carvings, textiles and expressive masks, as well as their rich history. I have been making a collection of superb pieces over the past two years, and now I am presenting them all to you on a Catawiki auction that will end in 9 days time, on saturday evening (around 8 pm, Belgian time).

I have put low start prices and estimates on all pieces; I hope they will interest you enough to place a bid, and let one of those treasures become a part of your home and collection.

I made up this collection from various sources around Europe. They include a fine Lele mask, a complete Kuba costume, and more .. Live on Catawiki 

Read also the introduction (in French) https://buyafricanantiques.com/art-kuba/ by Kuba expert André Dimitri

Please be aware that you will get free worldwide delivery and a complete description for every piece. Also note that I sometimes include an extra free object in the package! The catawiki auction costs are very low compared to other auction sites – only 9% of the hammer price.


Kuba masks

KUBA Mwaash Ngady mask – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimate: €3,500 – €5,000
Reserve price: € 1,800

 

African Mwaash Ngady mask – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Good condition

 

Collected between 1924-1929 by the Lieutenant-Colonel Jean Truyens
H= 36 cm.

 

read more about the Kuba Ngady ..

Seldom Black KUBA Lele mask – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimate: €1,250 – €1,750
Reserve price: € 750

 

Black KUBA Lele mask from beyond the Kasai River

Western Congo (DRC)

Good condition.

Early to mid 20th century

From the collection of Bob Germ, Hoboken, USA.
H= 30 cm, +/- 54 cm, with the fibers part.

read more about the Kuba Lele…

 

Kuba Bwoom Helm mask with hand on the back , Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimate: €3,250 – €4,500
Reserve price: € 2,000

 

Impressive Kuba Bwoom helm mask , Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ex Maria Wyss collection.

Wood, dark crusty patina.

 

H= 34 cm D= 36 cm (64 cm with stand)

Crack and indigenous restoration on the side, hole on top.

Provenance: Maria Wyss, merchant expert and collector of African Art, who lived in Basel (Switzerland) in the 1960s and 1970s. She was well known in the collectors and museums community for her good taste and knowledge, and for mounting major public exhibitions of beautiful pieces.

She worked with many museums and major private collectors. Entered the Norden Collection from “Jo <the> Buck” a long time ago.

read more about the Kuba Bwoom …

 

Kuba-Kete Helmet Mask, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimate: €3,000 – €4,500
Reserve price: € 2,400

 

Ex Jan Kusters collection.

 

H= 43 cm and 65 cm with the feathers ( 70 cm with stand)

 

read more about theKuba-Kete Helmet Mask

Horned Pwoom Itok mask – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimate: € €850 – €1,250
Reserve price: € 600

 

Pwoom Itok mask from the collection of Jan van Camp, Antwerp, Belgium.

Horned Pwoom Itok mask

 

KUBA – Eastern Kasai-Congo (RDC)
Size: 24cm, 40 cm on its custom metal base
Wood, feathers, raffia, copper nails in the eyes, remains of Tokula powder.

read more about the Horned Pwoom Itok mask – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

 

Fine KUBA Lele mask – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimate: €3,000 – €4,500
Reserve price: € 2,500

 

Fine-KUBA Lele mask; Congo (RDC)

Beyond the Kasai River to the west

 

Good condition- End XIXth – Early XXth century
From the collection of Alfons Bermel, Berlin, Germany

H= 33 cm, 43 cm on custom stand.
Wood; remains of yellow pigments in a dotted motif; Tokula powder

read more about the Fine KUBA Lele mask – KUBA – Congo (RDC)


Kuba divination oracles

Kuba artists of south-central DRC create friction oracles known as itombwa. Regarded as infallible divinatory instruments, itombwa were used by the Ding, Kuba, Lele, Luluwa and Wongo peoples to mediate between diviners and omniscient nature spirits in order to determine the cause of illnesses and appropriate courses of treatment, as well as to expose dishonesty.

Itumba Bashilele friction oracle , Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimate: €1,250 – €1,750
Reserve price: € 600

 

A fine Lele Itumba friction oracle, half man, half animal.
Provenance:  Gallery Schoffel de Fabry, Paris

 

W= 32 cm. Wood, complete with rubber and rope, black pigments, camwood powder remains, fine patination, and extensive signs of use.

Itumba Bashilele friction oracle , Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimate: €450 – €600
Reserve price: € 200

 

A fine Lele Itumba friction oracle; half man, half animal.
Provenance: Gaëtan Schoonbroodt, Verviers.

 

W= 33 cm. Wood, complete with the rubber and rope, black pigments, fine patination , and extensive signs of use.

 

read more about the Itumba Bashilele friction oracle , Democratic Republic of the Congo

Itumba Kuba friction oracle two heads , Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimate: €650 – €850
Reserve price: € 350

 

A fine Kuba Itumba friction oracle with two heads; half man, half animal.
Provenance: Gaëtan Schoonbroodt, Verviers.

 

W= 31 cm. Wood, complete with rubber and rope, black pigments, fine patination , and extensive signs of use. On a wood stand.
Fine Kuba motives on the side

 


Kuba Cups & Prestige Objects

Kuba Seated Anthropomorphic Cup, Democratic Republic of the Congo

It's not often that you see complete seated figures with the hands on the knees. Those mortars were used to grind magical substances, tobacco or hemp, and were considered to be prestige objects that elevated the owner’s status. They were usually the property of the Nganga (healer).

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimate: €750 – €1,250
Reserve price: € 400

DRC, Congo.

Early 20th century – Good condition

Provenance: Jan Kusters

H= 18.5 cm. Wood, black pigments, fine patination , and extensive signs of use.

read more about the Kuba Seated Anthropomorphic Cup, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kuba Anthropomorphic Shoowa Cup , Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimate: €1,750 – €2,500
Reserve price: € 900

A fine female Kuba Anthropomorphic Cup, with handle in the back

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Provenance: Patric Claes, Brussels.

H= 30 cm, 33 cm on the custom-made wood stand.

Rich dark-brown wood shiny patina, with underlying oxidised wood.

Left foot reglued.

Provenance: Patric Claes collection, who bought it from a French collector. Patric Claes is “Conservateur du Musée des Arts Traditionnels et du Folklore” and consultant to the Congolese Ministry of the Environment

read more about the Kuba Anthropomorphic Shoowa Cup , Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kuba figure of a notable – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimated revenue: €1,250 – €1,750
Reserve price: € 900

 

Kuba figure of a notable, DRC
Provenance: Daniel Frederick, who was a workshop manager at Titan in Africa, and a major collector of Kuba materials.

Early XXth century. Wood , remains of black pigments and Tokula powder
Size: 36 cm

 

read more about the Kuba figure of a notable – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

The rediscovered ndop of king Mbop a-Kyeen- KUBA – Congo (RDC)- 74 cm – 29 inch

The rediscovered ndop of king Mbop a-Kyeen- KUBA - Congo (RDC)- 74 cm - 29 inchEstimate: €5,500 – €8,500

Reserve price: €3,500

KUBA: Democratic Republic of Congo

According to Olbrechts this represents king Mbop' a-Kyeen, the 119th king of the Kuba, who died in 1895 (Cornet-Art Royal Kuba p 52, 59 )

Collected in the 1950's.
Provenance: Jean Marc Desaive, Brussels.
A figure in the same style – probably from the same carver – can be seen in National Museum of Denmark, and represents Mbopey Mabiintsch ma-Mbul ( Cornet-Art Royal Kuba-p115 )

Size: 74 cm , 29 inch . One of the biggest known Ndop figures

 

read more about The rediscovered ndop of king Mbop a-Kyeen- KUBA – Congo (RDC)- 74 cm – 29 inch


Kuba textiles

Mwashamboy Kuba complete costume, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimate: €3,000 – €4,000
Reserve price: € 2,500

Collected in the 1920's, this Kuba complete costume dates to the late 19th century.

Provenance: Paul Gilman collection. Paul is a retired Belgian collector living in Liege, Belgium.

Total H= 160 cm. mask= 40 cm Legs = 2X 55 cm Shirt H=70 cm L = 160 cm.
Mask, leopard skin, raffia, white blue and red beads wood nose and ears, cowries, some abrasion on top (see images ). Costume vegetal fibers with extensive signs of use and slight damage to the shoulder

read more about Mwashamboy Kuba complete costume, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Shoowa Man's Prestige Cloths (“Velvet”) Kuba people Kasai, DR Congo Early XXth

Provenance: Paul Gilman, a collector in Liège who had a lot of Kuba materials.
Raffia pile cloth (velour du Kasai)
Africa: Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Kuba people
20th century
Hand woven raffia embroidered with natural and dyed raffia
Early XXth century

The Kuba people of the Congo are well known for textiles such as this, made from raffia and featuring interlocking knot designs. The men weave the cloth and the women embroider it. The characteristic pile (known as Kasai velvet or clipped pile cloth) is made by embroidering the cloth with soft, thin strips of natural and dyed raffia, which are clipped to make a velvet-like surface. The fabric is a prestige item traditionally used as ceremonial clothing and for exchange, especially as part of a marriage contract.

See a interesting video about those Kuba textiles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCpT-4vctNY

 

Kuba Velvet– Velours du Kasai – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Ethnographic/ Tribal art auction
Estimate: €550 – €750
Reserve price: € 150

Size: 56cm X38 cm Kuba Velvet- Velours du Kasai – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Kuba Velvet– Velours du Kasai – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimate: €550 – €750
Reserve price: € 150

Size: 58cm X23 cm Kuba Velvet- Velours du Kasai – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Kuba Velvet– Velours du Kasai – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimate: €550 – €750
Reserve price: € 150

Size: 62cm X56 cm  Kuba Velvet- Velours du Kasai – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Kuba Velvet– Velours du Kasai – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimate: €550 – €750
Reserve price: € 150

Size: 64cm X49 cm Kuba Velvet- Velours du Kasai – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Kuba Velvet– Velours du Kasai – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimate: €550 – €750
Reserve price: € 150

Size: 53cm X51 cm Kuba Velvet- Velours du Kasai – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Kuba Velvet– Velours du Kasai – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

Ethnographic / Tribal art auction
Estimate: €550 – €750
Reserve price: € 150

Size: 59cm X53 cm Kuba Velvet- Velours du Kasai – KUBA – Congo (RDC)

The first exhibition of Kuba material was in 1910 in the British Museum, with objects coming from the Hungarian ethnologist Emil Torday.

It took me two years to assemble this collection, and I hope you enjoy it.

Wishing you a happy bidding!

David Norden

Sint Katelijnevest 27

B2000 Antwerpen.

Belgium

+32 3 227.35.40

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