Ritual object, Lulua; D.R.C. Congo
Wood; H. 13"
Little can be said of this strange
bi-frontal object. It appears to have had no utilitarian
use yet seems to have been well handled. The style
of the faces points to an origin somewhere in the
Kasai region between the Pende and Bena Lulua. Although
collected nearly a century ago, this object, possibly
for divination or cult paraphernalia, remains so
deeply removed from any context that it exists as
a lovely, though mysterious, curiosity.