240710 - Rare & Old African Terracotta Mangbetu altar - Congo.


Congo: Nice African Mangbetu Terracotta altar.

Height: 22 cm.

Water pots or palm wine containers were often given anthropomorphic shapes or were abstracted with complex necks ad bodies. Similar forms of figured pots are found among a number of different peoples through a large range stretching from central Africa to its eastern reaches. Well known sculpted ceramics are found among the Mangbetu, the Zande, the Bari and Bale and especially among a number of Luba, Chokwe related peoples including the Lwena, Lwale, Luchazi and Lungu. This pot shows a female head with her elongated hairstyle typical of the Zande and Mangbetu.