yes, there are machined nails (I wrote Mechanical for this word..my french traduction).
I believe they use this sort of nails since 1920/1940 , no ? but I cannot verify the story about Mubutu, excepted it comes from Belgique.
Rand African Art <rand@...> a écrit :
Photos of the Yombe nail fetish figure that Pascal is asking about can be found in the following link:
It is the 2nd figure on the page.
I'm not sure what to think about the figure you are asking about. There is nothing very special about the figure to me,
it looks like many I have seen with the runners in recent years to be honest with you.
The nails all look the same and look like machined nails and not hand made nails, the placement of the nails is almost too uniform in my opinion. The whole figure looks like it had been covered in something to give it an encrusted look, possibly to make it look older.
The statement about it being offered to the previous owner by ex president Mbutu / Mobutu seems kind of strange / far fetched to me. I would beware of these kinds of statements that are made about objects, I know of many instances where stories are made up about objects.
The figure is aesthetically pleasing to a degree, but I would sincerely doubt it's authenticity. That is just my opinion.
buffard pascal <mochica_fr@...> wrote:
What think of this yombe?
height 11 inches, wood heavy and hard, mechanical nails, glass eyes, the plate out of glass of the load is transparent, inside, there is ash and as a piece of black stone which moves.
It was offered to the preceding owner by Mubutu, ex president of Zaire, whereas this last was still general in 1960/61.
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