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Maternity figure - Glass, Wood - Yombe - DR Congo - Asian African Art
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Maternity figure – Glass, Wood – Yombe – DR Congo


Object:Maternity Figure
Ethnic group / culture:Yombe
Region/ country:DR Congo
Material:Wood, Glass
Period:Mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:40x16x14 cm
Weight:1700 g

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The 300,000 YOMBE people are artistically prolific. Their maternity figures have a high pointed or rounded coiffure incised with geometric motifs.
This superb example of Kongo sculpture shows the emphasis given to the head and detailed body. This female figure embodied a gentler spiritual force then the threatening male figures and was used for fertility rituals. A child is laying on her lap. The mother has typically eyes made from glass.
Good condition with traces of tribal use.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.