Rare double face (Janus) example carved from a single piece of wood. 9 1/8” height. The faces identical, with high rounded foreheads and keyed motif to the neck. Single age crack, typical of African Art as they used unseasoned wood. Thus, repair methods evolved including this type of resin and wood powder. Such working life repairs are considered authentication
by collectors of African Art, adding value to the works. The Kuba were fierce warriors and slavers. Sharing palm wine which is alcoholic served to bond and strengthen their culture which was isolated within the otherwise mixed Congolese population.