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

Description
Figure - Stone - Tumba Ntadi -NO PRICE RESERVE - Bacongo - Congo DRC
2nd half 19th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

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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.
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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.

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Lot details
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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