This statue was created in the style of the Kwele people of Gabon. The statue features a female figure with large ears and a heart-shaped face. She has a necklace made of beads and metal earrings. The statue measures 19 inches tall and weighs 4 pounds. There is a crack through the right side of the body and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.
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Wood, pigment, metal and beads
Crack down right side of body. Wear and tear throughout.
About the Kwele People
“The Kwele tribe live on the northern frontier of the Republic of Congo, and have produced a famous type of mask called Ekuk. It displays a flat surface and often has a whitened heart-shaped face, a triangular nose and coffee bean eyes. These masks were hung in their houses and rarely worn during dances related to the initiation ceremonies of the Bwete cult. Their function was to ‘warm up’ the village atmosphere in order to activate the beneficial forces resident in the Bwete box.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.