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Ancestor figure - Wood - Nkishi - Bakongo - Congo DRC

Ancestor figure - Wood - Nkishi - Bakongo - Congo DRC

African art figure representing the queen of the Bakongo. This wooden statuette from the Bakongo people is 33 cm high. Carried atop the back of a turtle this Bakongo queen also has a lizard on here head, giving here special powers associated with those animals.
The turtle is a symbol of female fertility. The lizard arrived first, thus establishing the mortal nature of humans.
This Bacongo figure has a shiny patina, and good age, I would date it around 1930-50.

H= 33 cm
provenance: Gaethan Schoonbroodt collection, Vervier.

Object Ancestor figure
Indigenous object name Nkishi
Ethnic group/ culture Bakongo
Region/ country Congo DRC
Material Wood
Period Mid 20th century
Condition Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand No
Dimensions 33×8×10 cm
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