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Carving of European sailor, Congo, mid 18th century.
This figure is a Yombe funerary effigy. It is a painted carving of a figure with African features wearing European dress of a short jacket and a hat. It is holding a flintlock gun. The Yombe, who are a sub-group of the Kongo people, come from the lower Zaire River in the present-day Democratic Republic of Congo. The figure probably represents the wealth and status the deceased accrued through trade and contact with Europeans. Trade and demand for European goods escalated through the period of transatlantic slavery and continued to be important even after the abolition of the slave trade. Figures like these were not meant to capture the spirit of the deceased but instead were intended to commemorate their successful life.
- Image reference: D9640
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London