|Title||Pende Seated Male Miniature Congo African Art|
|Country of Origin||Democratic Republic of Congo|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Dimensions||Height: 9 Inches
Width: 3 Inches
Depth: 3 Inches
10.25 inches tall with base; 3.75 x 4.25 inch base
|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: The man sits with legs crossed and hands resting over his chest. The charming hat and pose suggest the hand of a Pende carver. Equipped with a custom base, this statue is prepared for immediate display.
The Pende, like most of the art-producing cultures from the western Congo, have a rich artisitic tradition and have produced many masterpieces found in galleries and museums. They are perhaps best known for their "mbuya" initiation masks, and the exquisite little ivory masquettes known as "ikhoko" given to newly initiated boys, which are worn and treasured for life.