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Wood Parinarium nut resin and Nautilus shell
Late 19th Century
Size: 42cm high – 16½ ins high (including stand)
Ex Private Belgian collection
Personal success and political power were closely associated with concepts of influential supernatural forces derived from spirits, which could imbue favoured individuals with exceptional ability and fortune. Success was achieved by the correct propitiation of spirits and an adherence to formal taboos, which regulated behaviour according to the supposed satisfaction of the ancestral spirits. The best-known symbols of these spirits are the carved wood guardian figures.