SONGYE BELLOWS 2, DRC

     

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

SONGYE
BELLOWS 2
25" high
$500

Despite its appearance and patina this bellows was probably made to be sold.

In traditional Africa, bellows were used not only as fire-stoking tool, but also as decorative or ritual objects filled with symbolic meaning. Once a functioning bellows for a blacksmith's forge, this damaged bellows is missing the leather covers and the two metal end pipes which extended out from what is here the bottom.

 

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