Female Figure

Female Figure

before 1935

Wood and porcelain

Overall: 20.3 cm (8 in.)

Gift of Katherine C. White 1975.164

Description

Small sacred sculptures among the Bembe serve as symbols of spiritual protection for their owners. Substances are inserted into an anal orifice, covered with sacred white clay known as mukuya, and then consecrated by a priest-diviner (nganga). The beauty of the figure's strong, finely rendered features and intricate body marks enhance the owner's religious experience.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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