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Ngbaka Miniature Figure Congo African Art Custom Stand

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Title Ngbaka Miniature Figure Congo African Art Custom Stand
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Ngbandi, Ngbaka, Mbaka
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 11 Inches
Width: 4.75 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: cracks in head, along the face, in shouldersand  torso (front and back), and in base; dents and chips in places

Damage/Repair Crack, small hole in back


Additional Information:  This figure comes from the culturally dynamic northwestern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo along the river systems feeding the great Congo River, especially from the Ngbaka or Ngbandi.


The Ngbaka moved into the area inhabited by the Ngbandi in an area bounded by the Ubangi and Lualaba River systems and as a result both groups share sculpture forms and the details of scarification that often leads to some confusion as to the attribution of their sculpture. Ngbaka use anthropomorphic figures, generally in pairs, to represent mythological and distant family founders known as Seto a male and Nabo his wife that are kept on family shrines. Ngbaka figures take their red color from being washed in palm oil and red tukula powder made from tree bark. The facial features are divided by a vertical line of scarification that in other figures extends onto the lower body. The shaping of the details of the body are truly a study and sculptural inventiveness.


Recommended Reading:  Burssens, H. Les Peuplades de l'Entre Congo-Ubangi (Ngbandi,Ngbaka, Mbandj, Ngombe, et gens d eau). 1958.Burssens, H. Sculptures in the Ngbandi Style . Kongo Overzee. 1958.Cornet, J. Art of Africa. 1971.Maes, J., Les Ngbaka. 1984.