Torque

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