Old and very beautiful Kongo statuette (DR Congo), representing a maternity called "Pfemba". The kneeling mother carries her child on her thighs, her mouth is open and shows teeth, her gaze is directed towards the sky. The anus was pierced, probably to receive a magical charge (as is often the case with the Bembe) Despite the visible gaps (mother's right foot, slit in the child's neck) this statuette is a very beautiful testimony to the talent of Kongo sculptors, reinforced by the details of this miniature. Wood with a honey patina, and glass for the eyes. Height: 14.5 cm. Old collection from the south of France.