Statues

Name

Statues

Description

Carved wood

Place of Production

Democratic Republic of Congo, Kuba or Lunda people
End of 20th Century

Number of pieces

2

Use

This type of statue is called ekeko, which means statue or doll, in Lingala, one of Congo main languages and spoken especially in the capital Kinshasa. The artists who made those pieces of art are committed in old Kuba and Lunda empires' cultural traditions. In the Kuba Empire, for instance, political stability stimulated artistic development. The artists who came from specific social classes were related or connected to kings and emperors. Their works expanded the royal treasury and were shown off for official events.

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