wood, middle brown patina, black paint, eyes with white porcelain inlay, characteristic elongated trunk, richly adorned with skin scarifications in relief, holding a rifle and a knife in his hands, opening (crypto fetish), min. dam., fine cracks, slight traces of abrasion;
the opening on the back was used by the "nganga" to give vital force to the figure, afterwards it was filled with magical material: "bilongo" (medicine) or relics of an ancestor as a symbol of the power and spirit of the deceased relative. Afterwards the opening was closed by a piece of fabric or a plug. As long as the spirit stayed within the statue, it watched over his descendants and punished contempts against customs and rules.
H: 22 cm, H: 8,7 inch
Collected by Gustav Teofil Ceder, Svensk Afrika Mission (before 1905)
Lit.: Lehuard, Raoul & Alain Lecomte, Sculpture Babembe, Paris 2010, p. 149