Boyo Standing Male Figure, Democratic Republic of the Congo
height 16 1/2in (42cm)
Morton Lipkin, London
American Private Collection
"North of the Tabwa live the Boyo people who have had a history of communication with the neighboring Luba, Hemba, (Wa)Bembe, and Sikasingo, the last a small group living among the Bembe. The Boyo, distantly related to the Luba groups, shared certain common traditions with them. Like those of neighboring groups, figures represented key ancestors who were honored as well as importuned for aid and protection." (Robbins and Nooter, 1984: p. 1220)
The present work is of classic form with forward sloping shoulders, bent knees and hands to the slightly protruding abdomen, a proportionally large head with beard along the chin line; fine dark-brown patina.