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Diphomba (Diviner's Mask)

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A respected member of the Yombe is the nganga diphomba, a specialist who seeks out the cause of various problems, from crime and accidents to death and drought. Nganga diphomba were held in incredibly high esteem, without equals in their ability to...


Minsereh (Medicine Figure)

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The Sherbro believe that all deaths and diseases, other than those caused by obvious acts of violence, can be attributed to potent ‘medicines’ or witchcraft. This witchcraft is thought to be activated whenever the conventions of a certain...


Iphri (Male Aggression Figure)

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It is common among Urhobo men and women to build and maintain personal shrines called orhan or the plural erhan. These shrines are intended to protect against adversity and bring good health, wealth and happiness. Shrines often contain carved...


Gwantigi (Seated Male Figure with Lance)

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Almost all aspects of Bamana men’s lives, from the social and economic to the spiritual, are governed by six societies known as Dyow. The Dyow is also known by the names Jow, Dyo or Jo. A Bamana man must pass through the initiation of all six...


Mbumba Bwiti (Reliquary Guardian Bust)

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The Tsogho (or Mitsogo) of Gabon largely adhere to the spiritual discipline Bwiti, also popular among the forest-dwelling Punu, Fang and Kota. It is recognised as one of the three official religions of Gabon. Central to this spiritual belief is a...


Waaga (Grave Marker Figure)

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Among the Konso of Ethiopia, bravery is considered a virtue. Men who have hunted and slain dangerous animals or threatening enemies are considered heroes. When one such hero dies, a stone is placed atop their grave. If he was a wealthy or senior...