Belgian Congo, 20th century. A carved wooden ancestral fetish, made as a representation of a tutelary ancestral spirit used for divination purposes called Hamba Kayongo; figure appears to be taking medicine which some diviners are known to do prior to making contact with the spirit world; ht. 5.75, wd. 2, dp. 1.75 in.
Provenance:From the Galerie de Montreal
Arm and belly have been burnt. Figure's right arm cracked, and cracked on right side of base.
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