1955 Photogravure Sibbelee Wooden Goblet Head Tribe Kuba Bakuba Congo SCP2

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This is an original 1955 black and white photogravure of a wooden goblet in the shape of a head. The piece was found in the Kuba Kingdom, the pre-colonial African state which is now located in the Congo. At the time of this publication, the piece was located in Charles Ratton's private collection in Paris, France.

CONDITION

This 56+ year old Item is rated Very Fine ++. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is printing on the reverse.

  • Product Type: Original Photogravure; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine ++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 8.75 x 11.75 inches; 22 x 30 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to offer a fascinating collection of original photogravures and color prints of the figurative ethnographic or tribal art of West and Central Africa; the islands of Oceania, including Indonesia and the Philippines; and the north-west coast of North America. These artifacts and sculpted objects were created by the indigenous peoples of the so-called "primitive" cultures of these regions. Using a variety of tools and materials such as hatchets, adzes, stone knives, shells, animal teeth or bones, wood, stone, bamboo, etc., these indigenous craftsmen created objects of remarkable artistic design and beauty. Since the majority of the "primitive" cultures in these regions were illiterate, such art forms and sculptures were the only surviving means of depicting chronology, governmental systems, gender representation, ceremonies or rituals, musical instruments, tools, religion, tradition and other historic information regarding the culture of the tribe.

Photography by Sibbelee, Hans.

Keywords specific to this image: sculpture, statue, vessel, cup

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