Peoples & Societies


One of five groups that originally made up the Kongo kingdom, the Woyo (residing in the western part of the present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cabinda, with a population total of about twelve thousand) are considered a cultural subgroup of the Kongo. Woyo power figures and other statuary resemble those of other Kongo groups, but their polychrome masks, pot lids with figures carved in relief, and figurative ceramic vessels by Voania Muba are unique.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 304-305.

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