Very similar in style to figures of this
type from the neighboring Suku people.
The Mbala produce a red pigment, called tukula, from which their name,
"the red people", emanates.
A symbol of the chief’s
authority and part of ancestor worship, it inspired powerful evocation of the clan’s female founder, the true force
Ex. Leonard Kahan Gallery, New York, Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection
Height including base: 13 ˝"
Width: 2 11/16”
Depth: 2 5/16”