The miniature Boyo ancestor figures were kept in small shrines under the authority of a petty chief, village headman or dominant lineage elder. Fetish half figures were carved adjoined with an elegant cubistic, triangular shaped face and long bent arms resting on the abdomen. The Boyo or Buyu are related to the Luba, Bembe and Basikasingo, their effigies were used for healing and bringing good fortune in hunting.
Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance: Paryus Gallery, Paris
Materials: Wood with a dark reddish-brown patina with custom base
Dimensions: 3 3/4 in. high x 1 3/4 in. wide
Condition: Appears in very good condition with a vertical crack at the side
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