Kongo ancestor figure, DRC This type of African... - Lot 56 - Arthema Auction

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Kongo ancestor figure, DRC This type of African... - Lot 56 - Arthema Auction
Kongo ancestor figure, DRC This type of African female statuette, in a kneeling position to show deference, was placed on the tombs of deceased notables in altars. Smooth black patina. Desiccation cracks 33 x 10 cm The Vili, Lâri, Sûndi, Woyo, Bembé, Bwende, Yombé and Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, led by King Ntotela. Their kingdom reached its apogee in the 16th century with the ivory and copper trade and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced statuary with codified gestures in line with their worldview. The Woyo, however, are renowned for their symbolic sculptures associated with proverbs.
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