Lot: 404

79th Tribal Art Auction

Half figure "kabeja"

D. R. Congo, Hemba

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 11.2 inch 400 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

light brown wood, matt patina, remains of pigments, superstructure for insertion of magical substances, min. dam., fine cracks, small missing parts, base; magical materials included items thought to have rare and enhancing life powers, such as pulverized fragments of human bone, or the hair of twins. By supplying the object in this way, the ritual specialist invites the spirit to inhabit the receptacle, which can then be used to assist with particular tasks.