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Half-Figure

Half-Figure

late 1800s-early 1900s

Wood, iron

Overall: 20 x 6.8 x 8.5 cm (7 7/8 x 2 11/16 x 3 3/8 in.)

René and Odette Delenne Collection, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2010.457

Fun Fact

This figure would have been used in a powerful association known as Bugabo, specializing in healing, hunting, and fighting crime.

Description

Iron tacks inserted into the lobes of the hairdo indicate that this sculpture was originally empowered with magical and medicinal substances. Thus charged, the figure would have been used in divination and was related to a powerful association known as Bugabo. Members specialized in healing, hunting, and fighting crime.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Wood
Medium: 
Wood, iron

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