This statue was carved in the style of the Salampasu people of DRC. Salampasu statues are rare and are thought to be representations of their ancestors. This statue measures 27.5 inches tall and weighs 12.5 pounds. There is cracking, scuffing and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.
Striking Salampasu Statue 27.5″ – DR Congo – African Art
1 in stock
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Wood, pigment, vegetable fiber and hair
Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.
About the Salampasu People
“The 60,000 Salampasu people live on the frontier between the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) and Angola. They maintain strong commercial and cultural relations with their southern neighbours, the Tschokwe (Chokwe) and the Lunda, to whom they pay tribute. The Salampasu are ultimately governed by a few high-ranking chiefs who are, in turn, assisted by territorial chiefs, who supervise village chiefs. This hierarchical power structure is counterbalanced by a warriors’ society. The Salampasu live mostly from hunting, but the women do some farming.”
Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.