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Kongo or OviMbundu religious figure (N° 20727)

Carved in dense wood, the sculpture features a woman whose head is turned towards the child she is carrying. A great softness emanates from this figurative scene treated in rounded volumes, and faces with peaceful physiognomies. Mahogany patina with a golden satin finish, kaolin residue.
Inspired by Christian religious subjects, this African sculpture of a saint draped in a stole, carrying a child on her side, reflects the impact of the Christianization of Kongo. When these objects were not made for a local parish, they were frequently reused in fetish cults for diviners and chiefs. Statuettes of a virgin in fact formed the tops of canes of authority mvwala.
The Vili, the Lâri, the Sûndi, the Woyo, the Bembé, the Bwende, the Yombé, and the Kôngo formed the Kôngo group, headed by the king ntotela. Their kingdom reached its peak in the 16th century with the ivory and copper trade and the slave trade. With the same beliefs and traditions, they produced a statuary with a codified gesture in relation to their worldview.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyKongo
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height41
Width14
Weight1.25 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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