Beautiful Yombe Fetish Statue 29″ – DR Congo – African Art

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This statue was carved in the style of the Yombe people of DRC. The statue showcases a figure decorated with nails and fabric. He measures 29 inches tall and weighs 8 pounds. There is some chipping to the beard along cracking, scuffing and wear and tear throughout. The base is uneven making the statue slightly wobbly.  Please inspect photos carefully.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Yombe/Bakongo

Material

Wood, pigment, fabric and nails

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

29"

Width

7.5"

Depth

7"

Weight

8 lbs

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Tribe Information

About the Yombe People

“Originally, the Kongo kingdom comprised of separate tribes – the Vili, the Yombe, the Beembe, the Bwende and the Woyo, among others were led by a king, the Ntotela, who was elected by a council of governors. The Ntotela controlled the nominations for official positions at court and in the provinces. The main economic resources of the empire were ivory, copper and the slave trade.
The 300,00 Yombe people are artistically prolific. Their maternity figures nail and mirror fetishes have typical shoulder scafifications and a high pointed or rounded coiffure incised with geometric motifs. Mirror and nail fetishes have aggressive expression characterized by an open mouth usually showing filed teeth.”

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