BOA SPOON, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO H....

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BOA SPOON, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO H....

BOA SPOON, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
H. 8.07 in

Provenance:
- Collection William O. Oldman, 1924, Londres
- Collection Roger Bédiat, avant 1957, Abidjan
- Collection Georges Stoecklin (beau-fils de Roger Bédiat), Juan-les-Pins
- Galerie Alain Bovis, Paris
- Collection Pierre Dartevelle, Bruxelles
- Collection Béatrice et Patrick Caput, Paris

Publication:
- Alain Bovis, Congo Mythique, 2008, p.74
- Marc Léo Félix, White Gold, Black Hands, vol. 8, 2014, fig.34
- Pierre Dartevelle, Collections privées, 2015, n°23
- Robert Hales et Kevin Conru, W. O. Oldman. The Remarkable Collector, 2016, p.126, fig.133 (photographiée en 1924 par Oldman à son domicile)
- Patrick Caput et Valentine Plisnier, Arts d’Afrique. Portraits d’une collection, 2016, p.202

Exposition:
- Paris, Galerie Alain Bovis, Congo Mythique, septembre 2008 Like the neighbouring Legas, the Boa used their spoons during the initiation ceremonies that set the pace for the activities of the bwami. Initiates at the final rank of this association were the exclusive owners. Transmitted from generation to generation as a sign of continuity, they were kept in a large sack with other emblems of the rank. With their great aesthetic purity, these objects may also have been used during the poison tests organised after accusations of witchcraft or for older initiates who had eating difficulties. «The elephant represents power, as well as abundance. The spoon on its own may symbolise these primordial notions» Christine Valluet summed up, brilliantly (see Spoons-sculptures, p.160). The sleek forms of this object are remarkably highlighted by the lovely brownred patina. The eurythmy of its lines and volumes make this a fine example of Boa culture.
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