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Kwese Standing Figure Congo African Art

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Product #: 97105
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Title Kwese Standing Figure Congo Africa
Type of Object Carved wooden figure
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Kwese
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 20 Inches
Width: 6 Inches
Depth: 6 Inches
Overall Condition Fair, 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 and chips in places, wood flaws, chunk missing from base, worn patina.


Additional Information: A creatively designed standing figure with arms wrapped around the torso.  The face is distinctly Kwese, with muted features and squinting eyes. This carving displays one of the styles not often seen in African art as Kwese carving convention is not particularly well known.  


The Kwese number less than 100,000, and neighbors Congo region tribes such as the Pende and Mbala.  The Pende influence on their art is often ovbious at first glance.  They are known for the masks, many using the helmet design, used by dancers and in initiation ceremony.  When not used for ceremony, such masks were kept in special houses as fetish objects and offerings were made to them.