Thanks for your excellent suggestions on this figure. I will follow your
leads this evening with more research.
I had a Luba (or possibly Hemba) staff top not too long ago. The shank
had obviously been sawed off. On this piece there is no evidence of that.
Of course, it wouldn't be hard for someone to make it look like a normal
bottom... so I'm not going to rule out the possibility.
At 11:48 AM 4/3/2007, you wrote:
Like Gary, I was first prompted by the hairstyle to consider Mende and
related origins for
your object. However, as suggested by Alex, I am more inclined to look
far across the
continent toward the eastern central region for comparative examples that
a possible conclusion that it is a Luba divination pestle without the
bundles that are ritually attached to these objects' bases. The notch at
the base of your
"figure" suggest the possibility that there was previously an
attached element that is no
longer present. Although different in carving style, there are two
examples in Mary N. and
Allen F. Roberts' Memory: Luba Art and the Making of History, pp. 178-179
Nos. 72 and 73). Other possibilities worth considering include knife/axe
handles or staff
finials. Surveying hairstyles among diverse Luba (and related) figures
may also be
productive in determining a region of origin.
African_Arts@yahoogroups.com, Alexander Bortolot <lyautua@...>
> My first reaction is that it's an eastern Congo take
> on a form common to Tanzania, which is a cylindrical
> body with breasts and navel surmounted by a human
> head. Check out Marc Felix's "Mwana Hiti" for
> examples from Kwere, etc, and also Alan Roberts' book
> on Tabwa art for versions of the form produced by
> Tabwa carvers. I don't have these books in front of
> me at the moment so I can't comment on dimensions -
> perhaps others in this group will have more to add.
> --- bobbold2000 <bob.ibold@...> wrote:
> > Hello fellow members,
> > I thank everyone who helped identify the Fon Hohovi.
> > Here is another
> > figure that has me stumped. It is 10.3 inches high
> > and is carved out of
> > heavy hardwood. Your opinion will again be
> > appreciated.
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