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.