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Re: [African_Arts] Re: Luba Caryatid

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  • Lee Rubinstein
    For reference (and possible source of inspiration), also see this Luba caryatid in the collection at Tervuren: Siège luba. Ht. 50cm. l. 31 cm. Trésors
    Message 1 of 5 , Apr 3, 2010
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      For reference (and possible source of inspiration), also see this Luba caryatid in the collection at Tervuren:
      Siège luba. Ht. 50cm. l. 31 cm. 
      Trésors d'Afrique. Musée de Tervuren, op. cit., p. 195.
      Photographie R. Asselberghs.

      Luba, République démocratique du Congo. Région : Katanga. Siège à cariatide. Bois et pigments. H. : 57,3 cm. Don de E. Verdick. Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale, Tervuren Inv. n° RG 132 © Africa-Museum, Tervuren, photo Hughes Dubois.


      On Apr 3, 2010, at 8:53 AM, afrikhantiques wrote:

      Thank you so much for the posts. They are indeed similar!
      Do you think our pieces were actually used or carved for the market? They also differ quite a bit from the Kayumba-museka from the Stanley Collection in terms of style and patina. I have doubts about their authenticity and I also doubt they are 50+ years old. How did you acquire your piece?

      --- In African_Arts@ yahoogroups. com, Gi Mateusen <mateusen@.. .> wrote:
      > Hello,
      > I saw your message and was wondered how simular the two pieces are. I made a
      > new album ³stool luba². So you can see my piece.
      > I believe the pieces are from the same sculptor ore workplace.
      > --
      > Gi Mateusen
      > mobile: +.32.(0)477. 300679
      > E-mail: mateusen@...
      > Van: afrikhantiques <khankey@... >
      > Beantwoorden - Aan: <African_Arts@ yahoogroups. com>
      > Datum: Fri, 02 Apr 2010 07:19:36 -0000
      > Aan: <African_Arts@ yahoogroups. com>
      > Onderwerp: [African_Arts] Re: Luba Caryatid
      > Gi Mateusen,
      > I was reading older posts from you and read that you have a similar stool to
      > this piece. You wrote in message #2559:
      > "Dear members,
      > I have another question about a Luba stool , type Kayumba-museka (Luba
      > book F. Neyt) because there are two small differences: first the tongue is
      > between the lips and there are no decorations in the form of cowries.
      > Is this another type or a fake ?
      > Photo's in the album "congo"."
      > My piece has a tongue between the lips AND has cowries for decorations. But
      > I can't seem to find your "congo" album to compare my piece with. Also, does
      > the piece in the book Luba by F. Neyt the piece with the cowries and tongue
      > or is it your piece with those elements? You carried on saying in later
      > messages about confirming your piece at Sotheby's and that it was approved
      > good.
      > My Luba stool doesn't seem as "freshly" carved as Victor's and the patina is
      > smooth at the top half of the stool, where there should be much more
      > handling, whilst there are more encrustations on the bottom half
      > (particularly the base) and also inside the mouth.
      > Mateusen, I would appreciate your incite as you seem to own and have
      > researched such a piece in more depth.
      > Thank you for your time,
      > Khan
      > --- In African_Arts@ yahoogroups. com <mailto:African_ Arts%40yahoogrou ps.com>
      > , "afrikhantiques" <khankey@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Hello everyone,
      > > I bought this Luba caryatid a year ago and I'm hoping you guys can give me
      > your opinions on this piece. I'm also wondering if this is Tabwa or Luba as I
      > tend confuse between the two styles.
      > (http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/African_ Arts/photos/ album/343870675/ pic/list)
      > > Some details about the piece, there seems to be fractures on the arms due to
      > the pressure. Shells are carved at the rim of the bottom and top of the stool as
      > decorative motifs. The coiffure is quite elaborate in my opinion. I like how the
      > figure is holding the stool delicately by her fingertips. The top of the seat
      > seems to be well "seasoned" in as if been used often. Scarifications all over
      > her stomach.
      > > It is very similar to Lee's Luba stool *
      > > (http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/African_ Arts/photos/ album/1805610199 /pic/list).
      > * It has signs of usage and age in my opinion but I'm always skeptical, hope you
      > guys can help me out and clarify things.
      > > Thanks,
      > > Khan
      > >
      > > *Moderator's note: Images linked were posted for a group member, "Victor. --
      > not actually "my" stool. Similar indeed, though. Lee
      > >

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