Gorgeous Bakongo Maternity Statue 33″ on Base – DRC – African Art



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This Bakongo statue features a beautiful kneeling female figure with a child on her lap and another one climbing on her left shoulder. The statue measures 33 inches tall including base, and weighs 33 pounds. The figure on the shoulder has been reattached and is missing his left arm. There is damage to the mother’s bottom lip and cracks in the top hair braids. Other cracking, scuffing and wear and tear throughout- please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo




Wood, pigment, glass and cowrie shells

Approximate Age



29.5" figure | 33" including base


10.5" figure | 16" base


10.5" figure | 16" base



Overall Condition

Previous repair, damage, cracking and wear and tear.

Tribe Information

About the Bakongo People

Bakongo people are a matriarchal society who values their independence. They are the largest tribe in the Democratic Republic of Congo and have considerable populations in neighboring countries as well. The total population of the tribe was last estimated to be around 18 million world wide.

With such a vast population of people, their belief system is almost as so. For the most part, the majority of Bakongo people believe in a creator god and deities. When the Portuguese inserted themselves in the area in the 15the century, they used that belief system to convince the Bakongo that Christianity was the same thing. Missionaries would twist Bakongo language to push Christianity among the people, they would take words such as “nkisi” to mean “holy” as they were teaching their religion. Today, a mixture of traditional religion and Christianity is practiced. Both churches and shrines have been maintained.
Read more about the Bakongo here.


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