Lot: 52177th tribal art auction
D. R. Congo, Suku
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Frans Heymans, Antwerp, Belgium||H: 11.6 inch||
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wood, dark brown patina, camwood powder, armless cylindrical trunk, coated with deep grooves, cap-like coiffure, simple facial features, slightly dam., crack backside, base; probably a magical figure called "phuungu". These figures served as containers for protective magical power exercised by the experts against illness, to avenge sorcery and for supernatural assistance in hunting.