This Buyu figure belongs to a small group of objects which appeared on the market in the early 1970s like most of the Buyu, Sikassingo and pre-Bembe figures. Among them, a bust sold by Hélène Leloup in 1973 (see Guy van Rijn Archive n°0014789) shows the same characteristics of this Buyu carver: geometric features, a large head with almond-shaped eyes and an imposing position.
Canon Joseph Eugeen Lodrioor (1921-2011)
Given to the father of the present owner in the 1970s
Thence by descent
Private collection, Belgium