Model of Wagenia Fishing Installation (Congo)

S/N:1651

  • £578
  • €690 Euro
  • $783 US Dollar

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Model of Wagenia Fishing Installation (Congo)

COLLECTIT! by SPECTANDUM
This is a tourist model of a Wagenia fishermen installation made out of wood, wire and small stones. The model stands on a wooden base ; on the front you can read “Pecherie Wagenia” which is French for Wagenia Fishery at the edge of Kisangani by the rapids that collectively make up Stanley Falls.

For over two hundred years, these fishermen have been fishing the rapids by building scaffolding over the rapids out of bamboo and using that scaffolding to lower wooden nets into the water along the rapids. The Wagenia village still operates on a tribal system virtually disconnected from the city it closely neighbors. They have a village Chief who manages the ownership of each of the nets. The way it works is that each family in the village has their own net, and, at the end of the day, that family will get to keep the fish that end up in the net. There are more lucrative positions on the rapids, so village politics and shifting positions of power determines a family’s location in the system.

Dimensions: 

  • H: 31cm (12.20in)
  • W: 17cm (6.69in)
  • D: 24cm (9.45in)

Period: 

Third quarter 20th Century

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For COLLECTIT! by SPECTANDUM owner Guy Kuypers, the history of his collecting began at the Porte de Clignancourt in Paris with a Napoleon III case filled with Exotic Birds. The colorful birds piqued my imagination and became the beginning of a passion for Natural History, Ethnography, European Works of Art, Antiquities and Curiosities that drive me on all continents, looking for fascinating and rare objects. Whether they are natural or man-made, all have an interesting story to tell.

So, it is finally in this spirit that the collection, which encompasses Natural History, Tribal Art, Paintings, Sculptures and Curiosities from many cultures and periods in history finds its rationale and its roots.

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