Photographs © Tim Hamill
11" high, Figure alone 5.5" high
Important Songye, like their neighbors, the Luba, defined their power by the display of prestige objects during important ceremonies. Dance rattles such as these all function, with seeds inside the guord sections, but were also used for display. These rattles are similar in style and quality to Songye figures and masks.
The heights listed are of the total rattle, then just the figure. All are mounted on 2" square iron bases, which are included in the price.
Despite its appearance and patina, this object was probably made to be sold.
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