Standing male figure
- 19th–20th century
Bwa divination objects commonly include figurative hooks and long staffs but rarely free-standing figures with the palms turned inward like this one. Such figures were believed to have supernatural powers that could be manipulated by a diviner to ascertain the cause and cure of his client's misfortune.
Roslyn A. Walker, Label text, Arts of Africa, 2015.
- University of Iowa Museum of Art: Art & Life in Africa
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