NGUMBA STYLE, GABON
HEIGHT 43 CM WITHOUT STALK
Natural patina, no other decoration, holding a cup. Excellent condition and detail despite its age. This statue hails from the village Ekoba near Makokou in the Ogoue-Ivindo Province. It is a sparsely populated area, Pygmies living in surrounding forests. Generally Fang live in family units, but in this particular area they have tribal chiefs who would have looked after the statues for the community. The long stalk indicates that it was inserted into a reliquary basket. A real masterpiece.