Yombe Maternity Statue 19″ – DRC – African Art

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Yombe maternity statues are referred to as pfemba. These statues will feature a mother and child either being cradled or nursing. The female will often have intricate scarification patterns across her body, emphasizing her beauty.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo



Approximate Age


Height (Inches)




Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

9 lbs


Wood, Pigment

Overall Condition

There is a strip of residue on top of the head. Wear and tear throughout. Inquire for more information.

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.”

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