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Figure - Stone - Tumba Ntadi -NO PRICE RESERVE - Bacongo - Congo DRC

Figure - Stone - Tumba Ntadi -NO PRICE RESERVE - Bacongo - Congo DRC

The Kongo place stone figures called tumba on the graves of powerful people. This chief is shown kneeling and holding a power insigna

H= 16cm . Inscription under the base. ( see images). Gray steatite stone turned black and with remains of Tokula red powder.
Otherwise his is kneeling and completely naked on a tiny stone base.

The term Tumba comes from the old Portuguese word for “tomb”—this genre may have been inspired by grave monuments for European merchants and missionaries in Kongo cemeteries.

Provenance: A known private collection Antwerpen , name will be given to the buyer.

Carved stone figures were created to memorialize deceased rulers of the Bamboma, one of a number of peoples who together form the Kongo culture.


Object Figure
Indigenous object name Tumba Ntadi -NO PRICE RESERVE
Ethnic group/ culture Bacongo
Region/ country Congo DRC
Material Stone
Period 2nd half 19th century
Condition Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand No
Dimensions 15×7×7 cm
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