This is a funerary post hand carved by the Bongo People of Sudan. The Bongo carve these when an important person from the community passes and place them at their graves. This figure stands 74 inches tall, weighs 90 pounds, and comes mounted to a custom tiered wood base.
Bongo African Funerary Post 76.5″ with Base – Sudan – African Art
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74" (Figure), 76.5" (w/stand)
12.5" (Post) 16" (w/stand)
9" (post) 16" (w/stand)
About the Bongo People
“Towards the end of the 19th century, the Bongo people were a powerful tribe. They numbered 100,000 and occupied a region of southern Sudan, on a large plain to the west of the White Nile. The Islamic slave trade dramatically reduced their population to 5,000 by the 1920s, although they have slightly grown in number since then. Bongo elders hold political authority and their economy is mainly based on farming sorghum and millet.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.