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Bow Stand

Bow Stand

1800s

Wood, plant fiber

Without base: 57.9 x 23 x 10 cm (22 13/16 x 9 1/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 2018.27

Description

A powerful symbol of the Luba King, bow stands were ceremonial objects that resided within the king’s private vicinity in the palace and were never displayed in public. Typically, bow stands depict a female figure, but this rare example depicts a hermaphrodite with delicate facial features, svelte body structure, small pointed breasts, a swollen belly, and well-defined male genitalia.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Wood

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