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Yaka Mbwoolo Miniature Sculpture Congo African Art

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Title Yaka Mbwoolo Miniature Sculpture Congo African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Yaka
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 11.75 Inches
Width: 3 Inches
Depth: 2.5 Inches
13 inches tall on base; base is 3.25 x 3.75 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 Cracks and scrapes. dirt

Additional Information:

The present day Yaka number approximately 300,000 and live along the Kwango River in the SW Democratic Republic of the Congo. Their neighbors are the Pende. They have a highly developed artistic sense---and they instill beauty and drama in even mundane objects. They are best known for the upturned noses found on initiation masks and diviner's fetishes, but their art can be abstract and vague as well. They sometimes create statues of considerable proportions. Though these normally are used by diviners and fall in the "fetish" category,M'bwoolo, they also carve large ancestor figures like the one offered here. It is possible that this figure had a divination purpose,because of the mirror presence in the abdomen and the added substances. There are many wonderful Yaka artworks pictured in scholarly texts and their masks and figures grace the finest museums and private collections.

You can see similar pieces and read about the Yaka in ART OF THE YAKA AND SUKU, by Arthur P. Bourgeois, 1984