Beautiful Dengese Statue 23.5″ – DR Congo – African Art

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This statue was created in the style of the Dengese people of DRC. The figure has beautiful scarification on his body and a bowl strapped around his neck. He measures 23.5 inches tall and weighs 4 pounds. There is some damage around the base and cracking and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Dengese, Ndengese

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

23.5"

Width (Inches)

6”

Depth (Inches)

6"

Weight (Pounds)

4 lbs

Overall Condition

Some damage around base. Cracking and wear and tear throughout.

Tribe Information

About the Dengese People

“North of the Kuba kingdom, across the Sankuru River, the 12,000 Dengese people claim to be the indigenous population of the area. Their King, known as the Etoshi, reigns over local chiefs, who are assisted by noble men. Powerful groups such as the blacksmith, hunting and witchcraft societies counterbalance the political power of the chiefs. Dengese artists carved legless figures of the king which were believed to embody his power. A typical flared coiffure and geometric body scarifications appear on cephalomorphic scepters and drinking cups.”

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

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