African art > African Statues > Statue Boyo
A tribe of the Bembé group, the Basumba sculpted two types of ancestor figures: large effigies with a triangular face, and round-headed statues with numerous Keloid motifs on the whole body, which were sometimes attributed to the Boyo.
Orange patina, matte, splinter on the front of the beard. Desication cracks.
Migration flows have intermingled within the same territories of the Bembe, Lega , Buyu (Buye) or Boyo, Binji and Bangubangu. The Basikasingo , considered by some to be a sub-clan Buyu , are not of bembe origin, the work of Biebuyck has allowed to trace their history. Organized in line-ups, they borrowed the association of the Bwami lega. The traditions bembe and boyo are relatively similar: they venerate the spirits of nature, water specifically among the Boyo , but ...