Aged, wooden fetish statue of the YOMBE tribe, D.R. Congo, 1960-70
This is a small but extremely fine statue! This is a fetish protection statue of the Congolese YOMBE tribe. Expressive face with opened mouth and teeth, glass eyes and a hat with clear traces of ritual usage. The arms run until the wrists, and thereafter they vanish under diverse strings of natural fibre, with at the back, a wound-up bag filled with secret ingredients that are supposed to feed the statue with power. Statues like these were used by the family and were meant to protect against black magic, disease and disaster in general. The statue, with some traces of use and aging, is in good condition, and it is nicely mounted on a stand, which can easily be lifted off.
Height: 15 cm (16,5 cm stand included)
Weight: 146 grams (200 grams stand included)
Origin: D.R. Congo
Provenance: Obtained from a Flemish private collection