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Maker(s):Unknown
Culture:Congolese (Zairian), Luba Hemba
Title:Power figure
Date Made:ca. 1920-1930
Type:Ceremonial
Materials:wood, gourd, clay, quartz crystal
Place Made:Africa; Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
Measurements:Overall: 9 7/16 in x 6 in; 24 cm x 15.2 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1999.10
Credit Line:The Barry D. Maurer (Class of 1959) Collection of African art purchased with Amherst College Discretionary Fund and funds from H. Axel Schupf (Class of 1957)
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Description:
This object consists of a carved half-figure inserted into a small gourd into which a mixture of clay, vegetable matter and other materials have hardened. It was the property of a diviner, signifying his power. The unusual quartz crystal, set within the gourd in front of the figure, is a "spirit stone."

Tags:
religion; symbolism; devotion; figures; roughness

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