The Dinka tribe are based in South Sudan in Bahr el ghazel region, they are mainly a pastoralist community.
These large sculptures come from the Bongo people of southern Sudan, they were sculpted as funerary or memorial markers placed above tombs composed of large stones. They were idealized representations of the dead and not portraits of a specific person. Such funerary posts recognized and honored male elites, warriors, chiefs or locally significant personalities, these posts were also said to protect against sorcerers spells.
The following sculpture is carved out of dense wood with a brownish patina and a rough surface and shows visible signs of age and good usage.
|25 × 19 × 154 cm