This statue was carved in the style of the Buyu (also known as Boyo or Basikasingo) people of DR Congo. The statue depicts a female figure with scarification on her abdomen. She measures 25 inches tall and weighs 4 pounds. There are a couple of holes in her hand, shoulder and side and some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos carefully.
Hand-Carved Female Buyu Statue 25″ – DR Congo – African Art
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Couple of holes. Cracking and wear and tear.
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.