This statue was carved in the style of the Buyu, also known as Boyo or Basikasingo, people of DRC. It depicts a male figure with simple, clean features. The statue measures 31 inches tall and weighs 15 pounds. Part of the right foot has broken and there is a repair to the upper left arm. Some cracking, scuffing and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.
Male Buyu (Basikasingo) Statue 31″ – DR Congo – African Art
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Broken right foot. Damaged left foot. Repair left arm. Cracking throughout.
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.