Skip to Content ☰ Open Filter >>

Classification: Sculpture

Showing 1 of 1

Image of Female Figure

Tabwa Peoples

Female Figure

20th century

Object Type: Sculpture
14 5/8 x 4 x 3 1/8 in. (37.15 x 10.16 x 7.94 cm)
Medium and Support: Wood
Accession Number: 2013.0017.0026

Credit Line: Gift of Dileep and Martha Mehta

Tabwa figural sculptures typically depict respected ancestors of a Tabwa ruler. During the mid-nineteenth century, several elite Tabwa families who prospered through trade challenged traditional forms of governance and assumed control of regional leadership. These new rulers looked to their ancestry to legitimize their right to lead, invoking and, when necessary, inventing a chiefly lineage through sculptural representations of royal predecessors. The Tabwa developed a religion honoring ancestors, but they used the system to benefit traditional leaders who capitalized on the remembered power of their ancestors to explain their own leadership positions.

Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keyword

Portfolio List Click a portfolio name to view all the objects in that portfolio
This object is a member of the following portfolios:

Your current search criteria is: Portfolio is "Classification: Sculpture" and [Object]Display Artist is "Tabwa Peoples".