Luba Bankishi Figure
Democratic Republic of Congo
No exhibition history
No known literature
This rare Luba sculpture is known as a bankishi, a divination implement from the Luba peoples. The abstracted sculpture represents a woman’s head and torso down to the waist with powerful angulation of arms, after which the reductivist base is low and conical.
As expected of a divination contrivance, a Bankishi figure is magically charged by the addition of libations and other magic substances, or bijimba, as known in the Luba lexicon. This outstanding magical fetish is coated in layers of crusty patina suggestive of repeated libations over a lengthy period of time
This is a powerful, authentic and compelling piece of Luba art, and would be a distinguished addition to any serious African art collection. A connoisseur’s dream piece.