Adze, Lele, D. R. Congo.
A fine and old Lele adze. The handle is depicting a sitting female half figure with a conical torso flanked by free worked arms, crowned by an oval head, high coiffure, stylized forms and well-balanced facial features, broad curved blade, collection number "TH1315" underneath.
Wood, dark shiny patina, min. dam., small missing parts, cracks, traces of wear and use, on metal base.
H: 29 cm, H: 11.4 inch.
Provenance: Fred ten Houten, Groningen, The Netherlands (1916-1995). In July 1960 he left belgian congo before the chaos caused by the independence struggle erupted.