11.5" high x 5" wide
In Luba traditional art a kabwelulu is a figure surmounting a gourd used during initiation rituals. The individual would place certain secret items in the gourd invoking the memory and experience of the initiation, creating an object that acquired power over time.
Despite its traditional form and appearance, this gourd exhibits little use or age and was probably made to be sold. In addition to a nicely carved half-figure, this gourd has a base stitched on (see detail), so it stands on its own. There is a repaired crack on the front side of the gourd.
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