Gorgeous Dengese Inspired Statue 35″ – DR Congo – African Art



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This statue was carved in the style of the Dengese people of DRC. The figure portrays a female figure holding a small child. She has beautiful scarification  on her face and an elongated neck. The statue measures 33.5 inches tall, 35 inches including base, and weighs 17 pounds. There is some damage to the leg and cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos carefully.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo


Dengese, Ndengese


Wood, Pigment, Fiber

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)

33.5" figure | 35" including base

Width (Inches)


Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

17 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.


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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.”

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