Ancestor figure - Wood - Nkishi - Bakongo - Congo DRC

Description
Ancestor figure - Wood - Nkishi - Bakongo - Congo DRC
mid 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

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.


Lot details
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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