Kabwelulu Gourd Figure
Arts of Africa
The base of this figure was attached to a gourd or calabash that served as an important divination implement for members of the Bugobo society. This society was considered a reliable source of medical knowledge, and the calabashes were used in the society's healing activities.
7 3/4 x 2 7/8 x 2 3/4 in. (19.7 x 7.3 x 7 cm) (show scale)
Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
Wooden standing female figure holding hands below breasts. At top of head, deep hole in center. Along outer edges of face, scarification indications. Chin, long and beardlike. At back of neck, three pronged headdress. Condition is fair. Coating of resin covers entire figure. Part of headdress broken off.
This item is not on view
Luba. Kabwelulu Gourd Figure, 19th century. Wood, metal, 7 3/4 x 2 7/8 x 2 3/4 in. (19.7 x 7.3 x 7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.1454. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 22.1454_threequarter_PS2.jpg)
threequarter, 22.1454_threequarter_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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