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Bongo or Dinka Male Figure on Stand African Art

Regular Price: $450.00

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Product #: 97136
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Title Bongo or Dinka Male Figure on Stand Africa
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
People Bongo or Dinka
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 26.5 inches H. x 7.5 inches W.
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, chips, scuffs, worn patina; see pictures for details.


Additional Information: A wooden Bongo or Dinka standing male figure.  The figure is characterized by its extraordinary simplicity and balance.  Reduced to essential abstracted elements a heart shaped face and a nose that subtly emerges from the the plane of the face it also divides the small eyes originally composed of some other material.  The nose continues the line moving into the heart shaped outline of the face. The hair is shown as a series of braids forming a cap.  The figure comes from an area of complex cultural interchanges and migrations in the Northern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. 


Little is known of Bongo sculpture. Many of Bongo  figures were used as graveor funeral figures. Graveposts could be male or female, large and medium. The Bongo have a tradition of decorating their tombs with figures such as this. The large ones represented the central piece or the deceased. It is not clear if these figures were portraits of the decease. But it is said that these figure represent their deceased leaders, warriors and hunters or peron of high rang in the community. They were venerated as ancestor figures. Female figures may have represented a wife of the honored decease and she was place side by side with the large effigy of her husband. The tapered lower end served to stick the figure into the ground. These funeral figures were commissionned by the deceases' family sometimes after his deathand presented during the second funeral ceremonies organized in order to make sure the deceased is welcome in the ancestor world.