LENGOLA FIGURE 25

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

LENGOLA, FIGURE 25, 46", $700 , SOLD

These figures, called ubanga nyama represent Suway, an ancestral founder of the Lengola. One such figure would have been exhibited in the center of the village, after the burial of the high-ranking mungamba dignitary, to allow men to make invocations. (from African Arts, January 1977, page 54.)

These exhuberant yet haunting figures come in six pieces plus the base. The arms, legs and head/neck detach from the torso and have to be wedged and lightly glued in place in order to stand. For shipment, they would be taken apart and have to be reassembled. ( Numbers 11 and 25 have extremely thin legs that do not support the figure well. Number 25's do not match. )

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