This female Buyu style statue (also known as Boyo or Basikasingo) was beautifully carved with delicate scarification marks throughout her body. She measures 31 inches tall and weighs 13 pounds. There is some damage to this piece including cracking, scuffing, a hole near the pelvis, and deterioration around the feet. The piece may be unsteady while standing.
|Type of Object||
|Country of Origin||
Some cracking, scuffing, deterioration. Unsteady on own.
About the Buyu People
The Buyu people, (also known as Basikasingo, Babuyu and Eastern Pende), live between the Lualaba River and the northwestern end of Lake Tanganyika in DRC. There are 6 clans known to form the Buyu ethnic group, three of which are known for their male and female ancestor figures. These figures are meant to venerate chiefs of the Buyu who led migrations, founded villages and provided exceptional leadership. The statues used to worship these ancestors are so stylistically close to neighboring tribes, that they are often mislabeled.