Yombe Shrine Figure

3527

$119.00

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Yombe
ITEM #:
3527
ETHNICITY:
Yombe
ORIGIN:
Democratic Republic of Congo
YOMBE SHRINE FIGURE:
A figure carved by the Yombe intended for use on a shrine.

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African Art

ITEM NAME:
Yombe Shrine Figure
ITEM #:
3527
ETHNICITY:
Yombe
ORIGIN:
Democratic Republic of Congo
MEDIUM:
Wood.
DIMENSIONS:
14″ (35.56 cm) Tall.
CONDITION:
Good.


African Art

PROVENANCE:
Private Collection – Florida, USA.


African Art

CATALOGUE NOTE:

Discover the fascinating world of the Yombe people in Africa. With their rich history and impressive craftsmanship, they are a group to be admired. Residing primarily in Zambia, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Angola, the Yombe people are known for their skills in weaving, carving, smelting, and clay pot making. Their art showcases popular figures such as the Nkisi nkonde and female phemba statues.

The Yombe people’s history traces back to a southward migration of the Mbenza clan from Gabon in the 15th century. They are connected to the Mayomba Kingdom, which thrived in the 16th century. Over time, migrations brought the Manyanga and Bwende peoples to the area, who assimilated into Yombe communities. However, the Kongo and Solongo expansions in the late 17th century pushed the Yombe to retreat from the Congo River.

While European contact was limited until the late 19th century, Yombe art reflects Portuguese styles from the 16th century. This suggests a moderate degree of European influence in the region, even at an early date. Explore the unique heritage and skills of the Yombe people, a captivating group with a diverse cultural tapestry.

 


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