Kongo Figure 1917

Kongo ancestors Figure

Kongo Ancestor Figure

Tribe: Kongo
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Material: Wood, Pigment.
Size: 24" (61 cm)
Status: SOLD - Private Collection - Surrey, United Kingdom.
 
Originally the Kongo kingdom comprised of a number of separate tribes (Villi, Yombe, Beembe, Bwende, Woyo etc) led by a kind, Ntotela, who was elected by a council of governors.  The Ntotela controlled the nominations for official positions at court and in the provinces.  The main economic resources of the empire were ivory, copper and the slave trade.
 
Kongo artists carved numerous figures and objects generally characterized by naturalistic features, although minor stylistic tribal variations do occur.