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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.

CULTURE Luba
MEDIUM Wood, metal
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 7 3/4 x 2 7/8 x 2 3/4 in. (19.7 x 7.3 x 7 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 22.1454
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION 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
IMAGE 3/4, 22.1454_threequarter_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (89%)
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