Simple Female Ngbaka Statue 20″ | DRC | African Art

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The Ngbaka generally made offerings to figures to cure illnesses and to protect family members from misfortunes. Male and female figures were used. The male figures are said to represent the Ngbaka creator, Setu, while female figures represent Nabo, his sister/wife. This figure stands 20 inches tall and weighs 2.5 pounds.

Type of Object


Country of Origin

DR Congo




Wood, pigment, cowrie shells

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)


Width (Inches)


Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

2.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Possible minor imperfections and wear & tear, including but not limited to scuffing, cracking and minimal chipping. Possible previous repairs. See photos or inquire for more details.

Tribe Information

About the Ngbaka People

“…a number of different tribes living in an area between the Ubangi and the Middle Lualaba (Zaire) Rivers. Owing to their close contact with one another, their culture and their stylistic output overlaps. The major tribe in the region is the Ngbaka who inhabit the high plains on the left bank of the Ubangi River. They migrated from the north and settled in their present location - an area controlled by the Ngbandi – in the 1920s. Several political chiefs and family patriarchs rule over the 400,000 people. Ngbaka men farm the land which is their main food resource.”

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


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Additional Information

About Ngbaka Figures

“Ngbaka figures are often found in pairs and can be as tall as 100 cm. they are believed to represent their two primordial ancestors. Seto and Nabo, and are placed on altars in houses where they fulfil a protective role. Similarly, small anthropomorphic or zoomorphic fetishes covered in red pigment are believed to bring good fortune.
Spikes surmounted by a stylized head were used to mark off sacred ground.”

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