King of Zaïre

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Oil on canvas / 82 x 100 cm / 2006 – Sold

 

Zaire, currently known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This work demonstrates the artistic spirit of Zaireans, fantastic creators recognized throughout the African continent. The character represented is a Kuba king, he is dressed in a royal habit called « Labot Latwool », entirely realized with elements coming from the animal and vegetable world.

Nature remains the place of supply for these artists making. The dress is made of fig tree bark, soaked and then beaten, using wooden clubs, until a fine material is obtained and sufficiently malleable to be deformed and carried. At its waist, a belt of cowrie shells. At his neck he wears a leopard-toothed collar and holds. In his left hand a fly-hunting making with elephant-tail hairs.

Royal habit of Kuba King

Congo (Zaïre)

Photos : Arts de l’Afrique Noire – Editions FONDATION MAEGHT