Male Cult Figure
Circa 19th Century
Songye, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa
Wood, horn, beads
A seated male figure with an enlarged head and eyes. The coiffure is carved in diamond shapes. The arms and knees are bent with the hands holding a tripartite beard which is spread and extending from the chin. A necklace of glass beads encircles the neck. The figure squats on a stool and is supported by broad, flat feet. The circular base reveals weathered losses.
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