"Anthropomorphic Cup," Kuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 8 1/4
One of the most interesting
works in the auction is Lot 24, a Kuba anthropomorphic cup from the
Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is 8 1/4 inches high.
The cup was used to drink palm wine, the most popular
beverage in the Kuba kingdom. The Kuba king had a colletction
of marvelously decorated cups although wasn't allowed to drink or eat
in public. The lot has an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.
8, club, whalebone, Maori, New Zealand, 12 1/4 inches long
8 is an impressive Maori whalebone club from New Zealand that is 12 1/4
inches long. The catalogue said that this "exquisite" club
can be compared to one in the British Museum and another in the
Sainsbury Collection. It has an estimate of $20,000 to
sold for $40,000.
7, feather box, Maori, New Zealand, 15 3/4 inches long
7 is a Maori feather box from New Zealand that is 15 3/4 inches long
and distinguished by the tiki figures at either end with projected
tongues to provoke and challenge enemies. It has an estimate
of $15,000 to $25,000. It
sold for $27,500.
26, box, Kuba, Democratic Republic of the Congro, 11 inches long
26 is a crescent-shape Kuba box from the Democratic Republic
of the Congo that is decorated with geometric designs and a stylized
human face. The box was used to contain a cosmetic called
twool, a red powder made out of the Pterocarpus tree.
It has an esitmate of $2,000 to $3,000. It sold for $3,000.
Lot 11, Zoomorphic seat, Baule, Ulimbi Bia, Ivory Coast, 44 1/2 inches
11 is a zoomorphic seat from Baule, Ulimbi Bia, Ivory Coast.
It is 44 1/2 inches long. It has an estimate of
$3,000 to $4,000. It
sold for $7,500.
5, Austral Islands Ceremonial Paddle, French Polynesia, 82 inches long
5 is a long Austral Islands ceremonial paddle from French Polynesia.
It is 82 inches long and had been in the collection of Ernst
Beyeler of Basel. Itg has an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. It sold for $40,000.
Lot 31, stone
figure, Mezcala, Type M12, 13 7/8 inches high
31 is a Mezcala Type M12 stone figure that is 13 7/8 inches high.
It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. It sold for $80,500.
42, Figural vessel, greyware, Early Mochica, circa 300-100 B.C., 7 1/2
42 is an excellent Early Mochica grayware figural vessel, circa 300-100
B.C. It is 7 1/2 inches high. It has an estimate of
$1,500 to $2,500.
It sold for
41, frog vessel, Early Mochica, circa 300-100 B.C., 7 inches high
49, two stone figues, Costa Rica, Diquis Region, 12 3/8 inches high,
Lot 41 is an Early Mochica frog vessel, circa 300-100 B.C. It
is 7 inches high. It has an estimate of $1,500 to $2,500
It sold for
49 consists of two stone figures from the Diquis Region of Costa Rica,
circa A.D. 1000-1500. The tallest is 12 3/8 inches high.
The lot has an estimate of $3,500 to $5,500. It sold for $8,125.