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 arms cradling his stomach. The statue measures 7.5 inches tall and weighs 0.5 pounds. The horn that sticks out of the top of the head on this piece is broken and missing – please inspect photos.
Miniature Male Buyu Statue 7.5″ on Base – DR Congo – African Art
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Missing horn from the top of the head
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.