The Luba carved janus headed figures that embodied the spiritual power of ancestors. These figures were used for protection from misfortune, to cure disease and to aid in fertility. This Luba janus fetish figure has male and female faces beneath a cap coiffure with a cavity for inserting magical materials. The neck and torso are elongated and end in a scepter like point.
Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance: From an English collection
Materials: Wood with custom base
Dimensions: 11 1/4 in. high x 3 in. wide
Condition: Figure in good condition with hairline age crack on one side 7 inches
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