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Buyu (Boyo) Figure Miniature Congo African Art

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Title Buyu (Boyo) Figure Miniature Congo African Art
Type of Object Ancestor figure, statue, carving.
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Buyu
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 7 Inches
Width: 2 Inches
Depth: 1.5 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.

Additional Information: This figure, with scquare shoulders and scarified belly, exhibits a uniqe character.  A Buyu Ancestor Figure; this elaborately carved figure comes from the region between the Luluaba River and lake Tanganyika an area of great historical, religious and artistic complexity. Reflecting this cultural complexity the Boyo are compromised of six distinct but related clans that share similar shapes but retain individual styles of art. This figure is attributed to the greater Buyu (or Basumba) style but can have an origin within a clan as yet undefined, perhaps from either the Hanga or Sumba (Basumba).  Representing an honored chief such figures  were kept on an altar in a shrine where they would be covered with a cloth around the shoulders and the lower abdomen. These figures were honored and left offerings of food and drink. As an ancestor the figure served as a point of contact with the heroic chiefs of the past to comfort and direct a supplicant s life. The scarification patterns on the face and abdomen are those of an ancestor that the figure represented. 

Recommended Reading: De Kun, N., L Art Boyo , Africa-Tervuren, 26, 1979.Biebuyck, D. Statuary from the Pre-Bembe Hunters; Tervuren Royal Museum of Central Africa,1981.Neyt, F. Arts Traditionnels et histoire du Zaire, 1981.