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Ambete Statue 44″ – DRC

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Type of Object

Statue

Country of Origin

DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo – formerly Zaire)

Ethnicity

Ambete

Material

Pigment, Vegetable fiber, Wood

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

44""

Width

7"

Depth

7"

Weight

11.5lbs

Tribe Information

About the Ambete People

“The Ambete live on the frontier with Gabon and the Republic of Congo, and are related to the Kota population. They carved three types of sculpture: heads, busts and full figures with a hollowed back. The latter have short legs, an elongated columnar torso and a flattened face with a triangular chin, an open mouth showing teeth and a triangular nose, all resting under a ridged coiffure. They are thought to have a connection with the ancestor’s cult – they were either used as reliquaries or placed alongside ancestor bones in a basket.
Heads and busts were probably positioned on poles and placed in front of the chief’s house. They may have had an apotropaic or emblematic purpose.”

Source:
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.

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