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Standing Female Yombe Statue 20.5″- DRC – African Art

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This Bakongo Yombe statue features a standing female figure with an open mouth expression. The statue has a beautiful patina and has been carved to be holding two objects . It measures 20.5 inches tall and weighs 4 pounds. There has been a repair to the top of the right foot but is in good condition – see photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo

Ethnicity

Yombe/Bakongo

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height

20.5"

Width

6"

Depth

6"

Weight

4 lbs

Overall Condition

Repair to tip of right foot

Tribe Information

About the Yombe People

“Originally, the Kongo kingdom comprised of separate tribes – the Vili, the Yombe, the Beembe, the Bwende and the Woyo, among others were led by a king, the Ntotela, who was elected by a council of governors. The Ntotela controlled the nominations for official positions at court and in the provinces. The main economic resources of the empire were ivory, copper and the slave trade.
The 300,00 Yombe people are artistically prolific. Their maternity figures nail and mirror fetishes have typical shoulder scafifications and a high pointed or rounded coiffure incised with geometric motifs. Mirror and nail fetishes have aggressive expression characterized by an open mouth usually showing filed teeth.”

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

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