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.

Price:  P.O.R.