This is a lovely Tabwa Male Wood Carved Statue from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Tabwa art is produced primarily to venerate ancestors, and in that respect it reflects one of the most predominant of Congo ideals. The Tabwa produce small to mid-size ancestor statues, which often feature beautiful triangular scarification thought to represent the new moon; long, braided hairdos which can extend down the back almost to the waist. These ancestor carvings, called "mikisi, and the rituals associated with them, allow certain families and traditional leaders to consolidate their power, using the"special" knowledge of the ancestors to their advantage. The Tabwa also worshiped the spirits of nature, who lived in trees and rocks. In the north of Tabwa country, the diviner was also a sculptor; consulted after a dream, he would create a new statue. This is a wonderful statue and would make a great addition to your home or collection.
Shows age, but overall is in good condition.
16 Inches Tall
5.5 Inches Wide
6 Inches Deep
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