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Late 20th Century Kwele African Sculpture 20″ – Gabon

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A hand carved African sculpture from the Kwele people of Gabon. This piece features a kneeling male figure with an unusual tri-face design that is wearing a fabric covering.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Kwele

Material

Fabric, Pigment, Wood

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

20”

Width (Inches)

5.5”

Depth (Inches)

4.5”

Weight (Pounds)

2lbs

Overall Condition

Great – see photos.

Tribe Information

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.”

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

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