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Lengola Ancestor Male Ubanga Nyama 7 Feet Congo African

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Title Lengola Ancestor Male Ubanga Nyama 7 Feet Congo African
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Lengola
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age Second half 20th century
Dimensions Height: 84 Inches
Width: 40 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 Large cracks. scrapes, chips stains and general wear. Wobbly

Additional Information: There are few examples of Lengola carving in western collections. This large figure called Ubanga Nyama made of separate pieces of wood and then pegged together are very rare to find.

The Lengola who live on the banks of the Congo River construct their lives around a semi-secret society known as Bukota that exercises social control over Lengola life punishing malefactors and witches and initiating boys into adult society. This wonderfully carved figure is an ancestor figure and was used in various ceremonies including at the funeral of Bukota dignitaries and during the rites of circumcision and initiation. The figure shows some influence from their neighbors the Lega from whom they have taken the heart shaped face.

This is an extraordinary example of the Lengola carver depicting the male form in abstract interpretation. The face is particularly exciting in its elongated and highly abstracted shape. This is a well-carved sculpture with some age and would add a unique piece of art in any collection.