FINE ANTIQUE ORIENTAL RUGS XXXVI There are 250 Lots.

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    4 000 €

    Lot: 241

    49 cm (1' 7"), Gabon-Cameroon

    The Fang, an ethnic group with many sub-tribes, belong to the Equatorial Bantu. Splinter groups live scattered in southern Cameroon, Gabon, and Rio Muni. Their works are highly sought after and represent an outstanding part of African artistry. As with many peoples, ancestor veneration is an important aspect of the Fang's existence. Figures like the depicted "Nlo Byeri" originally sat on bark containers and guarded the relics stored within. The described statuette features the typical stake intended for this purpose. In addition to the artistic significance of this object, the visual impression is also remarkable: A black patina covers the figure, indicating its ritual use. Decorative nails are effectively used as embellishing elements in the area of the eyes, hairstyle, and shoulder region. With both hands, the figure embraces a medicine container, while the hips are adorned with cords and glass beads. The navel, as usual, is prominently designed and sealed with pitch and a decorative nail. In the chest-shoulder area, there are indentations for offerings. As with all figures used in cults, the anus is present.
    Collection: G.F. Vesely, AT

    Estimate: € 10000 - 20000
    4 000 €
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    2 200 €

    Lot: 242

    44 cm (1' 5"), Gabon-Cameroon

    These overhead masks, also called "Ngontang" or "Ngontanga," were used in cult practices shortly before 1920. According to traditions, they symbolize the spirit of a girl, a powerful spirit being from the afterlife. Their main task is to detect sorcerers who misuse their powers and to punish them in a magical manner. They are also used at major festivals, funerals, birth celebrations, and during important decisions of the village community. The four faces of the mask are interpreted differently: They either represent four spirit beings, or they signify the four life stages of a human. The present mask is a wonderful example of this type of mask. It is old and used; the four heads are polychrome with kaolin colored, while the mouth of the four faces is painted differently with red dye - oppositely located, once in a square, then in a lip-like shape. A mounted feather crown from sacrificial animals (chickens) crowns this excellent mask.
    Collection: G.F. Vesely, AT

    Estimate: € 2800 - 3500
    2 200 €
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    2 800 €

    Lot: 243

    43 cm (1' 5"), Gabon

    The Kwele inhabit the tri-border area between the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, and the Central African Republic. Their masks, sought after by collectors, symbolize the connection to nature, the forest, and its creatures. The horns sweeping over and beside the head symbolically represent this union. The depicted mask shows an almost graphically designed face in kaolin white and fire-stained dark brown. The eyes are set within a heart-shaped facial area, while the nose is represented by a triangle. The mouth, with its ends drawn upwards, gives the mask a benign expression. It is said that these masks are not or rarely danced, but are merely present at ceremonies. This is an authentic object of great significance.
    Collection: G.F. Vesely, AT

    Estimate: € 4000 - 6000
    2 800 €
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    6 800 €

    Lot: 244

    46 cm (1' 6"), Gabon

    Similar to other ethnic groups in Gabon, ancestor worship is one of the most important elements of their religious life. The belief and incredible imagination of the artists created depictions that are unique and fascinating, so much so that even famous artists have eagerly incorporated this variety of ideas into their works. The collecting world remains fascinated to this day. The figure depicted is an excellent example of the Ndasa type. The oval face is covered with brass, while eyebrows and pupils are made of copper. The face is framed by a divided hairstyle: the part closer to the head is hatched and made of copper, the outer part is made of brass and ends in two bulged tips. The neck region and the symbolized legs are also covered with hammered brass. Due to age, there are insect damage spots both in the leg area and on the back. A rare object of high artistic quality.
    Collection: G.F. Vesely, AT

    Estimate: € 12000 - 18000
    6 800 €
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    2 600 €

    Lot: 245

    40 cm (1' 4"), Congo-Zaire

    The Luba people are the largest ethnic group in Zaire and are renowned for their excellent carvings. Special care is given to the depiction of the head and the abundant scar tattoos, as evident in this excellent object. It represents a woman who, sitting on her legs, holds a calabash in an offering position. The finely carved face in the typical Luba style is characterized by a lowered gaze. A tribal-typical hairstyle with a braided hairband adorns this figure. The neck is ring-shaped and leads into a beautifully crafted upper body, covered with decorative scars and featuring a beautiful age patina. A rare object of museum quality.
    Collection: G.F. Vesely, AT

    Estimate: € 3000 - 4000
    2 600 €
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    1 200 €

    Lot: 246

    38 cm (1' 3"), Angola-Zambia

    The Luena people (also known as Lwena or Lovale) typically produce only a few figures, but these represent significant social or spiritual roles, such as chiefs, protective female spirits, pregnant women, or mothers, as depicted in this mother figure with her suckling baby. The head of the statuette bears some resemblance to the Mwana Pwo masks of the neighboring Chokwe people; a brass nail serves as forehead decoration. Of note is the recess in the rear area of the intricately carved hairstyle, which likely served for the placement of medicine. The neck of the figure is adorned with a red bead necklace, and the ears with twisted copper wire earrings. The suckling child clings to the mother's breasts, while the mother embraces the child, who clings to her with its legs. The object exhibits a reddish-brown hue in the worn areas, but is predominantly dark brown with a beautiful age patina.
    Collection: G.F. Vesely, AT

    Estimate: € 1500 - 2000
    1 200 €
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    3 400 €

    Lot: 247

    43 cm (1' 5"), Congo

    In the art market, many Kifwebe masks are available, but only a fraction of them were actually used in rituals. Due to their almost graphic striking appearance, they are mass-produced for the market and serve as decoration in modern homes. However, the mask offered here is authentic and was danced in rituals; the inside of the mask shows clear signs of long-term use. Kif or Bifwebe masks are ritual objects of the secret society "Bwadi bwa Kifwebe". The initiates of this society, the "Basha Masende", are knowledgeable in dealing with their deities. These types of masks are worn during initiation, circumcision, or funeral ceremonies. It is an impressive original from ancient Africa.
    Provenance: Alain Guyson, Belgium; G.F. Vesely, AT

    Estimate: € 5000 - 6000
    3 400 €
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    900 €

    Lot: 248

    21 cm (8"), D.R. Congo

    The Teke inhabit areas in the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and partially in Gabon. Within this society, the family head, the "Mfumu," had extensive authority, including the right over the life and death of family members. The depicted female figure was specifically used to protect pregnant women. Such small figures were often treated by the healer, the "Ngantsie," with medicine and magical substances to "bring them to life". This figure wears a headgear resembling a hat and, despite its feminine representation, is characterized by a kind of chin beard. The face is adorned with parallel tattoos, the neck wrapped with snake skin and a red band. A cloth loincloth covers the lower body. The dark brown color and a beautiful patina complete the appearance of this gem.
    Collection: G.F. Vesely, AT

    Estimate: € 1500 - 2000
    900 €
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    1 400 €

    Lot: 249

    38,5 cm (1' 3"), Zaire-Sudan

    The settlement area of the Mangbetu extends from northeastern Zaire to the border with Sudan and into the Central African Republic. Their artistic activity is reflected in all their works, whether in items of daily use, in ritual objects, knives, musical instruments, or in containers, such as the one presented here, which is crafted in human form. The lid is adorned with a head with the characteristic elongated skull typical of the Mangbetu. The body of the container is surrounded by decorative nails, an ornamental element that highlights the craftsmanship. Long legs and large feet for stability characterize the container. A reddish-brown color and a beautiful patina distinguish this interesting object.
    Collection: G.F. Vesely, AT

    Estimate: € 2000 - 2800
    1 400 €
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    1 800 €

    Lot: 250

    78 cm (2' 7"), Zaire-Sudan

    The settlement area of the Mangbetu extends from northeastern Zaire to the border with Sudan and into the Central African Republic. Their artistic activity finds expression in various areas, from everyday objects to cultic items and instruments, such as the bow harp shown here. It is an extraordinary specimen: The resonator part is cylindrical in shape and, unusually, covered not with snake or monitor lizard skin, but probably with antelope skin, which is stretched over the carved wooden part and fastened with decorative nails. The curved string holder terminates in a characteristic Mangbetu head. Eight strings run from the resonator to the string holder. The string holder is attached with rattan and is mounted in an extended part of the resonator, the end of which is adorned with a round brass part and a decorative nail.
    Collection: G.F. Vesely, AT

    Estimate: € 2500 - 3500
    1 800 €
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