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Yombe Standing Figure Miniature Congo African Art

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Title Yombe Standing Figure Miniature Congo African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of the Congo
People Yombe
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 8.5 Inches
Width: 2.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and a well worn patina, pit in chest

Additional Information: 

The historical roots of the Kongo group, and their great king "Ne Kongo," can be traced back to the 13th century. Without much competition, they expanded steadily until they controlled a vast part of West Central Africa, including most of present day Angola, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo. The arrival of the Portuguese and their missionaries in the 16th century ended their expansion, especially southward. The Kongo were also one of the major sources of slaves to the New World. Today, though greatly diminished, the approximately three million Kongo can still be found in Angola, DR Congo and the Republic of Congo. Kongo statuary is justifiably famous, and falls into three categories: the power figures, known as "nkondi nkisi" are the most recognized, as they can be enormously impressive and complex, with mirrors, nails, blades, feathers, and any number of other additives placed upon an already dramatic wooden statue.  Also famous and quite common are the mother and child figures. Carved for obvious reasons, they are often of great beauty. The figures and masks from this group can be very difficult to tell apart, as they share multiple stylistic similarities.The most common theme is that of the Mother and child figure (Phemba). Among the Yombe Phemba figure represents the female ancestor who takes care of her descendants. She is used as a commemorative figure and would have been used to honor the maternal spirit who brings prosperity and fertility.