Lot 189: Two prestige adzes

People: Pende and Kasai Luba (?)
DR Congo
H: 19" and 15 1/2"
The first of Pende manufacture with very eccentric blade, the handle carved with a small figure to the reverse and faces classical Pende about the top; The second possibly of Luba Kasai origin, in the form of a figure standing on an inverted head, the blade coming from the mouth as a tongue. Fine patina and handling. Each on a custom base.

Collected in Congo prior to 1970 by Lawson Mooney, former Director of Catholic Aid Agencies; Dr. Kenneth Adelman, former US Deputy Ambassador to the UN, and one time member of USAID, Zaire, c. 1975; A NY Private collection.

Price Realized: $150

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