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Ancient storage container (114 cm) - Bark, Wood - Mangbetu - DR Congo - Asian African Art
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Ancient storage container (114 cm) – Bark, Wood – Mangbetu – DR Congo


Object:Storage container
Ethnic group / culture:Mangbetu
Region/ country:DR Congo
Material:Wood, Bark
Period:Mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:114×30×30 cm
Weight:6600 g

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This is a beautiful old supply/offerings box, the middle part is made out of bark. The upper part consists in a lid with a finely carved male figure. It has a beautiful patina, with traces of tribal use. Especially the ancestor figures has a nice dark oily aged patina.

Unlike other known ethnic groups, the Mangbetu did not use special containers as reliquaries for their ancestral bones.
These boxes, objects of great prestige, were reserved for the great notables noble. They were used to preserve precious objects or as the present one, magic remedies or drugs, used by the great diviners or healers.

Provenance: Ex private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 – 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.

Due to the size of this item please contact first before order. Higher shipping costs may apply.