Lot: 32494th Tribal Art Auction
Anthropomorphic figure "iginga"
D. R. Congo, Lega
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|H: 4.3 inch||
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ivory, pigments, rest., base These small figurines, which can be made of bone or ivory, belong to "bwami" members who have already attained the associations highest rank. The figures may act as signifiers of rank, marks of identity, or commemorations of ancestors. They also possess medicinal powers. They may be rubbed with sandpaper, producing a powder that may be used as a medicine.