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Mangbetu Female Figure Scarification Congo African Art 26 Inch

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Title Mangbetu Female Figure Scarification Congo African Art 26 Inch
Type of Object Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo 
People Mangbetu
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 26.5 Inches
Width: 5 Inches
Depth: 6.5 Inches
Overall Condition Good. 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 Wobbles, repaired foot, cracks and scuffs.


Additional Information: This beautifully crafted figure is carved in the dinstinct style of the Mangbetu.  She leans forward with her hands on her hips.  Her scarification patterns are magnificent, on both her face and her torso and arms.  The hairstyle is remarkable and unmistakably Mangbetu.  This figure also has a set of large holes protruding from her back, the purpose of these holes is not immediately known.  Perhaps for raffia or other attached decoration at on time.


The Azande and Mangbetu peoples live in the Northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in the region of savanna and forest. They are organized into several small states and have had a multitude of cults and associations based on the spiritual believes. They belong to the royal and aristocratic families. Women have a distinctive head shape, resulting from binding of the head. This feature is found in most of their female representations. 


See Evan Maurer & Niangi Batulukisi & , Spirits Embodied Art of the Congo, 1999, pp. 140-145