Iconography
NON-EURASIAN ICONOGRAPHY
Africa
Ancestor figuresFemale
Ancestor figuresMale
PORTRAITS
Ancestor figures
Female
Male
ERANOS ARCHIVE
87-103. The Great Mother
96. Prehistoric and Primitive
Further details
In Luba culture, female figures are used as ancestor spirit receptacles for male chiefs: one Luba proverb states: 'only the body of a woman is strong enough to hold a spirit as powerful as that of a king.'
ARTIST/CREATOR
Luba (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
DATE
19th century
LOCATION
London, British Museum (Dept. of Africa, Oceania and the Americas)
Notes on photograph
COLLECTION
Eranos Archive presented by Olga Froebe-Kapteyn (96, 27)
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RELATIONS
British Museum
Contact
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