Unusual Dengese Inspired African Statue 13″ – DR Congo



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This statue is quite unique and we believe it has some influence from the Dengese people of DRC. The figure portrays a male figure without legs, who is holding his elongated chin with intriguing designs throughout the statue. The statue stands 13 inches tall and weighs 2.5 pounds. There are some scrapes and scuffs throughout the piece – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo


Dengese, Ndengese


Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)


Width (Inches)


Depth (Inches)

3.75" figure | 4" w/ base

Weight (Pounds)

2.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Some abrasions, scrapes and scuffs

Tribe Information

About the Dengese People

“North of the Kuba kingdom, across the Sankuru River, the 12,000 Dengese people claim to be the indigenous population of the area. Their King, known as the Etoshi, reigns over local chiefs, who are assisted by noble men. Powerful groups such as the blacksmith, hunting and witchcraft societies counterbalance the political power of the chiefs. Dengese artists carved legless figures of the king which were believed to embody his power. A typical flared coiffure and geometric body scarifications appear on cephalomorphic scepters and drinking cups.”

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


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