D. R. Congo, Lega
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Berndt Helleberg, Stockholm, Sweden||H: 5.5 inch||5000 EUR / 10000 EUR|
ivory, cowire shells, base Generally, these extremely important sculptures are kept in trust on behalf of a community by the "kindi" who has most seniority in a well-defined large community. This is not the oldest person nor the most senior in the kinship system but the most senior in grade among living. He is sometimes known as "kyankuma" ("tree fallen high over the river") to emphasize his supreme status. No "kindi" initiation can be held without his presence. The figurine is very secretely guarded by its keeper who places it close to his head at night.