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Ndop were commemorative portraits of the kings of the Bakuba. Each king was displayed with a distinct symbol on the base and often weapon in left hand that served to distinguish them.
The kingdom is the largest in Congo still exists. Bakuba resides in Kasai Oriental with their 'capital' in Mweka. The Bakuba (plural for Kuba) is actually a collective group consists of many subgroups rules by the Bushoong.
The statues were copied often and it is still a popular object that "artist" use to improve their carving skills. Given the age and history of your piece, regardless if it was only intended for the king or not, it is very nice judging from the pictures.
There are some really nice ones in famous collections like the British Museum or Tervuren in Belgium. Lot of literature available so you shouldn't have difficulty reading about the history and significance of these statues. Value is hard to assess. The real ones are rear[sic-rare], but the huge number of copies really hurt the market. Nevertheless, your piece is a really nice one as far as I can judge from the pictures.
---In African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, wrote:Hello all-I just joined the group today, very nice to find it and read through some of the posts.I created an album called "Nicholas Kuba Ndop?":http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/African_Arts/photos/albums/1269737708I have had this statue in the family since somewhere between 1946 and 1956. I know it was brought from Africa by my Godfather. He lived and worked in the Belgian Congo just after WWII as an ambassador of some sort.I believe from research it is called a Kuba Ndop but am not positive. I am wondering if it has any significant value or if it is just a nice statue?I can upload better pictures when I get home if anyone needs them for identification. I can take good hi-res if need be.My Godfathers home was covered floor to ceiling, with tusks, masks, drums, stools, statues, weapons, etc. This statue was given to me when I graduated high school.Any help would be greatly appreciated as to where it came from, value etc.Thank you so much!