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Culture:Congolese, Luba-Hemba people
Title:Power figure
Materials:wood, gourd, fur, antelope horns, fiber
Place Made:Africa; Democratic Republic of the Congo
Measurements:Overall: 7 1/4 in x 5 7/16 in; 18.4 cm x 13.8 cm
Accession Number:  AC 1999.51
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)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Surrounded by small horns and a decorative fur piece, a carved half-figure is 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.

religion; devotion; figures; symbolism

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