Bust-length African hardwood sculpture, likely Zebrawood/Zebrano wood, depicting an African male with short hair achieved through carved stippling effect, carved necklace, bare chest. End-grain carving resulted in highly figured wavy lines across front and rear of sculpture; natural knots in wood accent facial features and chest. Unknown artist, Congo or surrounding region. 15 1/4" H x 11 1/4" W x 6 1/2" D. Circa 1920-1930. Provenance: Note written by third owner, dated 1997, details history of piece. Sculpture purchased by original owner, a missionary, in the Belgian Congo, c. 1927-29, probably from original carver. By descent to his daughter. Purchased by the consigner in 1983. CONDITION: Excellent condition. Original finish has faded in exposed areas, but surface remains largely unblemished. Chip (early, possibly original to carving) in raised necklace, rear, proper left. Non-structural minor split along grain bottom back, in center.
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