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Intriguing Bakongo African Maternity Statue 13.5″ on Base – DRC

$316.00

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This Bakongo figure features a beautiful kneeling female statue with a child in her lap and one climbing on her left shoulder. The statue has a dark, shiny patina and is attached to a custom base for easy display.  The statue measures 12.75 inches tall, 13.5 inches including the base, and weighs 2 pounds. There is some minor scuffing and wear and tear – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Yombe/Bakongo

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

12.75" figure & 13.5" on base

Width

4.5"

Depth

4"

Weight

1.5 lb figure & 2lbs w/ base

Overall Condition

Some scuffing and imperfections – please inspect photos.

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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