|Title||Mangbetu Standing Male Carving Congo Miniature African Art|
|Type of Object||Figure, Statue, Sculpture|
|Country of Origin||Democratic Republic of Congo|
|Approximate Age||Mid 20th century|
|Dimensions||Height: 13 Inches
Width: 3.5 Inches
Depth: 3.5 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.|
|Damage/Repair||Natural wood flaw to backside of leg, small chip to ear|
Additional Information: This beautifully crafted figure is carved in the dinstinct style of the Mangbetu.
The Azande and Mangbetu peoples live in the Northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in the region of savanna and forest. They are organized into several small states and have had a multitude of cults and associations based on the spiritual believes. They belong to the royal and aristocratic families. Women have a distinctive head shape, resulting from binding of the head. This feature is found in most of their female representations.
See Evan Maurer & Niangi Batulukisi & , Spirits Embodied Art of the Congo, 1999, pp. 140-145