This unusual old wood carved figure is from Zaire (now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo), made by the Bena Lulua people. It is approximately 18.5 inches tall, and maximum width about 3 inches across the shoulder. It is carved from a single piece of wood, and there are inset metal pieces (tack heads?) around the head. Details of the carving can be seen in the pictures below. Note the details of the scarification on the face and chest, and the navel cavity.
I would guess this carving dates from 1950-1970, but one can never be sure about the ages of African carvings. It has a very nice used patina. There are the normal signs of usage, with light rubbing and some soil in the grooves. I have done nothing to clean or polish this carving, since I realize collectors often want objects in "as found" condition. There have been two repairs for breaks: the topknot was broken off and reglued, and there are a couple cracks across the legs where it appears the statue may have been broken. These faults are visible only on very close inspection. All parts are original, none have been replaced. See the photos below for more details.