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Lumbo Charm, Gabon

25,000 - 35,000 USD
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  • wood
  • Height: 5 in (12.7 cm)


Reportedly Major General Harry Hill Bandholtz (1864-1925), Constantine, Michigan
Private collection, Glen Ridge, New Jersey
Private collection, Nova Scotia, Canada, acquired from the above
Michael Auliso, San Francisco, acquired from the above
Lance and Roberta Entwistle, London, acquired from the above
Daniel and Marian Malcolm, Tenafly, New Jersey, acquired from the above on October 19, 2011


Lance and Roberta Entwistle (adv.), Tribal Art, vol. XIV: 4, no. 57, Autumn 2010, p. 9
Heinrich Schweizer, Visions of Grace: 100 Masterpieces from the Collection of Daniel and Marian Malcolm, Milan, 2014, p. 156, cat. 61

Catalogue Note

Schweizer (2014: 157) notes: "Among the Lumbo, long hair was believed to be a sign of miraculous powers, a symbolism also reflected in carved cowry necklaces.  The motif of a drummer is exceptionally rare and musical performance was directly linked to ritual interaction with the spirit world.  Little charms like the one from the Malcolm Collection were amulets believed to provide spiritual aid in situations of crisis.  A closely related charm is in the collection of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich (inv. no. UEA 242)."