Small statues called 'deble' an abbreviation
of 'madebele' which means spirit, are used by diviners. Human in
form, they represent the bush or nature spirits to assist people to maintain good health, achieve success, & develop satisfactory relationships
with friends and family. Spirits can also be accountable for people’s
illness or hardship. Diviners would commission artists to carve the
‘Deble’ to appeal to the unpredictable spirits and seek their goodwill
and appease them.
Ex. Fred Ten Houten, Ex. Marcel Nies 1986 Ex. Scott Rodolitz,
and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection
Exhibited 1970-1996 at Volkenkundig Museum, Gerardus van der
Leeuw, Rijksuniversiteit, Groningen.
Age cracks and chips, and repairs to both front feet.
Height: 12 ˝" x Width: 2 ˝" x Depth: 2 ⅞".