Lot: 378

87th Tribal Art Auction

Janus headed power figure "kalunga"

D. R. Congo, Bembe

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 9.6 inch 600 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, brown patina, red and white pigment, two nearly identical carved mask faces with large oval deepened eye-sockets, min. dam., cracks, small missing parts (base), traces of abrasion. This sculpture represents "kalunga", an aquatic spirit. In order to counteract misfortunes inflicted on people by this spirit, the diviner prescribes the manufacture of this figurine, and the blood of sacrificially killed chickens spilled on it.

Biebuyck, Daniel P., Statuary from the pre-Bembe hunters, Tervuren 1981, p.152