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Chokwe Chibinda Ilunga Rueji Figure Female African Art Miniature

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Product #: 111068
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Title Chokwe Chibinda Ilunga Rueji Figure Female African Art Miniature
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Chokwe, Chockwe
Materials Wood,  pigment, glass beads
Approximate Age 20th Century.
Dimensions Height: 9.5 Inches
Width: 2.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.

Damage, Repair: cracks in head, along the face, in shouldersand  torso (front and back), and in base; dents and chips in places

Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and general wear.


Additional Information:  This strong figure is the most recognized and significant sculpture from the Chokwe people representing "tshibinda ilunga"(Chibind Irung), the mythical  ancestor, and cultural hero of the Lunda, Luba and Chokwe. Chibunda Ilunga figures are recognized by the enormous, sweeping hairdos on top of an enlarged head,  huge open hands, often displayed in a welcoming fashion as seen on the offered figure. At their best, these statues are among of the most dynamic of all ethnic creations. Less common, though still significant, are the large male ancestor statues, and small, rare female statues, thought to represent queens or promote fertility. 


The cultural hero Chibinda Ilunga, came from the Luba area to the Lunda and married a Lunda princess, Rueji. He brought 'civilizing' cultural elements of the Lunda and became a ruler there. Long and complex story with love, sex, violence, and a lot of unhappy brothers who left.