Lot: 332

94th Tribal Art Auction

Small power figure "mbulenga"

D. R. Congo, Lulua (Luluwa)

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
French Collection H: 8.1 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, pigment remains, base This figures were used by a cult called "bwanga bwa bwimpe". The "bwimpe" cult was meant first and foremost to safeguard and foster the fertility of a young mother and the beauty and health of a young child or newborn.

Fagaly, William, Ancestors of Congo Square, New Orleans 2011, p. 326