DescriptionPRE-BEMBE HUNTERS (Boyo / Sikasingo), Democratic Republic of Congo
Rare Shrine Figure
Statues of this type, long attributed to the Bembe of Eastern Congo, were discovered to have in fact been made by the peoples who inhabited the region prior to the migrations of the Bembe. These figures acted as true ancestral images and were named and kept in shrine houses, being cared for with regular libations. The ownership of a group of these images was of great importance to the chiefly families, as these figures represented the tangible 'right to rule.'
Height: 20 inches
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000.
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