Small figures called Bankishi were used by Luba diviners for protection and healing. Janus headed figures embodied the spiritual power of ancestors. This Luba fetish figure has a receptacle placed in the head where ritual substances were embedded to invite the spirits to inhabit the figure.

Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Time Period: Mid 20th c
Provenance: From a German collection
Materials: Wood, animal hide and fiber with custom base
Dimensions: 5 3/4 in. high x 2 1/2 in. wide
Condition:  Figure in fine condition 
Inventory #103621
Price: $975

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