Lot: 326

94th Tribal Art Auction

Janus-headed figure "sakimatwematwe" ("Mr Many-Heads")

D. R. Congo, Lega

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H: 3.7 inch This object is not available anymore.

ivory, Biebuyck suggests that these figures emphasize the ability of the high-level "bwami" members to see in many different directions and to be wise and fair minded. They also point to the inability of anyone to act alone. Completeness and accomplishment only come when the links between people are acknowledged and utilized.

Cameron, Elisabeth L., Art of the Lega, Los Angeles 2001, p. 150 ff.
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