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Galerie Monbrison

Founded by Alain de Monbrison in 1981, the Monbrison Gallery specialises in the ancient arts of Africa and Oceania. It maintains privileged links with the greatest European and American museums. Its clientele includes major European and American collectors and important private and public institutions.

Alain de Monbrison maintains close ties with a large number of European and American museums, including the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian in Washington, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Barbier Mueller Museum in Geneva and the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren. Finally, Alain de Monbrison was one of the leading experts at the historic sale of the Michel Périnet collection held at Christie’s Paris on 23 June 2021.

Cimier kiyunde zoomorphe, Tabwa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Wood

Cimier kiyunde zoomorphe

Tabwa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Height: 35 cm



  • Wolfgang Ketterer Gallery, 49. Auktion : Aussereuropäische Kunst – Ethnographic Art, November 3, 1981, lot 229
  • Dr Karl-Ferdinanc Schaedler, Munich  Christie’s, The Karl-Ferdinand Schädler collection of African Art, 13 November 1985, lot 256
  • Willilam A. Mccarty-Cooper, New York / Los Angeles
  • Christie’s, Important Tribal Art : Collection William A. Mccarty-Cooper, 19 May 1992, lot 162
  • Private collection, Espagne
  • Pierre Dartevelle, Bruxelles
  • Laure-Marie et Daniel P. Biebuyck, Massachussetts, Acquired in 2022
  • Transmitted by inheritance



  • Evan M. Maurer, Allen F. Roberts, The Rising of a New Moon : A Century of Tabwa Art, University of Michigan Museum of Art, catalogue d’exposition, 1985, p. 219
  • Jean-Baptiste Bacquart, L’Art Tribal d’Afrique Noire, Editions Assouline, 1998, p. 167, fig. B
  • Valérie Dartevelle et Valentine Plisnier, Pierre Dartevelle et les Arts Premiers. Mémoire et Continuité, 5 Continents, 2021, p. 487, fig. 637



  • Washington, D.C, National Museum of African Art, The Rising of a New Moon : A Century of Tabwa Art, janvier – mars 1986
  • Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Museum of Art, The Rising of a New Moon : A Century of Tabwa Art, avril – août 1986
  • Tervuren, Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale, The Rising of a New Moon : A Century of Tabwa Art, septembre – octobre 1986