|Ethnic group/ culture:||Lengola|
|Region/ country:||DR Congo|
|Period:||mid 20th century|
|Condition:||Good condition, used with some signs of wear|
|Sold with stand:||No|
“The LENGOLA people produce large statues called BUTOKA and have apotropaic functions (Intended to ward off evil) and ensure social stability. These figures are used during the initiation of the BUTOKA society.”
“The role of these Lengola figures was either to ensure social stability or to represent the spirits during circumcision ceremonies
of Lengola boys.”
(The Tribal Arts of Africa – Jean-Babtiste Bacquart, page 145)
Unique LENGOLA figure in good condition with traces of wear and tear. The figure has a powerfull appearance and is nicely decorated with dots all over the body. The figure stands unstable and suggest to be mounted on a base. The arms and legs are stuck to the body.
Provenance: Ex private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 – 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).
Please be aware of higher shipping costs due to the size of this item. If you are interested in this item please contact first to calculate the shipping costs.