Hungaan figurine - SOLD OUT

Statuettes and statues are rarely encountered in African Hungaan (or Hungana) art.
It would seem that some were used by soothsayers and placed in the huts for a protective purpose while the largest - ancestral figures of the clan - were placed on altars with the skulls of the deceased.
They are characterized, as here, by a tripartite hairstyle, the thick patina, the gesture of the hands brought to the mouth or to the chin.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Size
17 x 5 cm
Ethnic group
Hungaan
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin
Tribal art collection Belgium
Condition
Excellent