Lot: 456

80th Tribal Art Auction

Power half figure "kakudji"

D. R. Congo, Luba

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Robert Keating Collection, USA H: 11.6 inch 6000 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, matt reddish brown patina with remains of black paint, greyish brown patina in the lower area, opening in the parting, clay-like mass and aglet inserted, slightly dam., fine cracks, abrasion of paint, base; magical materials included items thought to have rare and enhancing life powers, such as pulverized fragments of human bone, or the hair of twins. By supplying the object in this way, the ritual specialist invites the spirit to inhabit the receptacle, which can then be used to assist with particular tasks.