late 1800s–early 1900s
Location: not on view
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This figure would have been used in a powerful association known as Bugabo, specializing in healing, hunting, and fighting crime.


Iron tacks inserted into the lobes of the hairdo indicate that this sculpture was originally empowered with magical and medicinal substances. Thus charged, the figure would have been used in divination and was related to a powerful association known as Bugabo. Members specialized in healing, hunting, and fighting crime.


late 1800s–early 1900s

Africa, Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, probably Kusu-style maker

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