Ubangi region, probably Bobangi culture
DRC or Republic of Congo
Presumably early 20th Century
A very rare type of Ubangian torque made of copper alloy. From the very few documented examples, this is the only one I know made of copper in such large proportions.
For comparable examples see de Ricqlès, Paris, "Arts Primitifs, Collection Hubert Goldet", 30 June-1 July 2001 (lot 368-369) and Angela Fisher, "Africa Adorned" (London: Collins, 1984).
Custom base by Romain Laforêt.
Provenance: French estate
H : 14 cm (5 1/2 inches) W: 15 cm (6 inches)
Price : 1000 Euros enquiry