Unusual Asymmetric Songye (Songe) Figure
Democratic Republic of Congo
Date: early 20th century
Height: 5 inches
Provenance: ex. Leo Meurrens (b.1905 – d.1955), painter, sculptor, professor at Art Academy of Leuven; ex. Frans Olbrechts (b.1899 – d.1958), famous for organizing the exhibition "Kunst van Kongo" in Antwerp; on loan: Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium; ex. Yannik van Ruysvelt, Brussels, Belgium
Leo Meurrens designed a cover for Frans Olbrecht's book, "Het roode land der zwarte Kariatieden". Olbrechts loaned this figure to the Royal Museum for Central Africa-Tervuren (inv. nr. 59.38.43), which was retrieved after his death by his widow.