Weekly Auctions of Exceptional Items
0 selections
Log In
0 selections
lots of lots
Lot 0078C
Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luba or Hemba (Bahemba) peoples, ca. early 20th century CE. A hand-carved wooden fetish figure with a classic Luba/Hemba (the two groups live near each other and produce similar-looking figures) Janiform face: a curved, large forehead, and a sharply pointed, triangular chin, one on either side of the figure. A tall, rounded headdress projects from the top of the figure's head, made of stuffed leather, while the body of the figure is wrapped in rope and some kind of animal skin with the remains of blonde fur on it. Woven, braided rope hangs down from the sides, as does an iron hook. Size: 2.35" W x 10.35" H (6 cm x 26.3 cm); 15.45" H (39.2 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.



Extensive wear on surface, with patina from handling. Animal skin is cracked in some places with small losses.

Buyer's Premium

  • 24.5%

Early 20th C. Luba / Hemba Janiform Magic Charm Figure

Estimate $600 - $900Mar 1, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA