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 (DR 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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