Memorial figure of a clan leader - Yombe People, D.R. Congo M39
Memorial figure of a clan leader - Yombe People, D.R. Congo M39
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Memorial figure of a clan leader - Yombe People, D.R. Congo M39

$1,800.00
People typically went bare-chested in Yombe society. This figure is an idealized portrait of a deceased Yombe clan leader, or mfumu kanda. Sculptures such as this one gave tangible form to ancestors and served as a focal point for interactions with them. The figure wears the traditional closely fitting headdress and 3 armlets that he received when he became the leader of his clan. The head is the largest part of the figure proportionally, representing the center of perception and thought. The arrangement of his legs and hands are culture-specific signs of thoughtfulness and self-control. Sitting cross- legged conveys a sense of the complete composure of one "who bears the world on his head." The head-in-hand gesture communicates ideals of pensive reflection before speaking.Likely post WWII.

Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.
Several age cracks.

Height: 10 " x Width: 3 " x Depth: 4" The base upon which it is mounted measures 3 " x 4 " ,and it is then 12" in height.

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