Created by the Lengola tribe who are close to the Mbole people. The Lengola live on the left bank of the Zaire river in the DRC. These large statues are called Butoka, they are traditionally made out of six pieces. One can take them apart and the put them together again - pieces fit into each other. No glue or nails are needed. The statues are traditionally covered with red or white pigmented dots - symbolizing scarification markings. The arms are usually raised above the head calling for social stability. Butoka statues are said to have have apotropaic qualities - that is having the power to avert evil.
Head to toe 63”, 67' to top of hands when arms are up
Shipped in a 32" long box.