Luba power figure
Democratic Republic of Congo
Early 20th Century
6 1/4" tall by 3" wide
Wood, beads, shell, animal skin, hair, magic charge, pigment
Ex private collection, Rhode Island

SOLD
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Luba power figures were charged with materials believed to enhance life powers, including pulverized fragments of human bone or
the hair of twins. These substances were inserted into a hole in the figure's head or stomach, or placed in pouches made of animal
skin that were attached to the figure.

Personal power figures were used as a part of the healing process. After the administration of herbal medications, the healer or
diviner may prescribe commissioning such a work as a form of protective reinforcement.

Inventory # RT66
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