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Bembe Figure Female Congo African Art

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Product #: 92171
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Title Bembe Figure Female Congo African Art
Type of Object Sculpture, half figure
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Bembe
Materials Wood
Approximate Age second half 20th Century
Dimensions 13 inches H.x 3.5 inches W.
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 Evidence of old insect damage in body and base, large chips in places; holes in head, neck, back, and body


Additional Information: A stylized half figure representing a female body  with lbody showing two pointed breasts,  The timeless patina adds to the beauty of this well carved miniature. This stylistically unusual figure comes from an area of mixed influences sharing input from a number of groups. But details on this figure derive from the  Bembe, a small ethnic group around Lake Tanganyika.


The carving shows much handling and good age. The full  head is in sharp contrast to the concave face usually seen on Bembe figures. The curved shoulders attached to the body without transition  and the arms  deattached to the body show a strong and elongated body reminiscent of figures from the Bembe style. This is a small but  strong example of sculpture from a complex region of stylistic interaction and its size would make it an impressive addition to any collection of African miniature  used as ancestor figures.