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Incredible Bakongo Maternity Statue on Base 35″ – DR Congo

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This statue was carved in the style of the Bakongo people of DRC. This one of a kind statue, that features a kneeling female figure, with a child on her knee, one on her shoulder and a serpent figure resting on her back and head. It has beautiful designs throughout the piece and comes attached to a custom base. The figure measures 31 inches tall, and 35 inches on its base and weighs 34 pounds. There is some cracking and wood deterioration on this piece – please inspect photos and inquire with questions.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Bakongo (Kongo)

Animal

Material

wood, pigment, glass, shell

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

31" statue, 35" on base

Width (Inches)

9.5”

Depth (Inches)

10"

Weight (Pounds)

34 lbs

Overall Condition

Cracks on top, arms and base; wood deterioration on base

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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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