Currently on view
Object ID: 1971.665
painted wood and raffia
Native Arts acquisition fund
height: 63.5 in, 161.2900 cm; width: 14.25 in, 36.1950 cm; depth: 11 in, 27.9400 cm
Baba Kaba, before 1971; Denver Art Museum via Marion Hendrie Fund, 1971.
To portray the bush spirit Kumbaruba (also known as Banda), the artist emphasizes the spirit’s most recognizable human and animal features—the facial scars and braided hairstyle of a Baga woman, the jaws of a crocodile, the horns of an antelope, the body of a serpent, and the tail of a chameleon. These symbols are meant to provide protection during times of uncertainty or vulnerability.
- “Stampede: Animals in Art” — Denver Art Museum, 9/10/2017
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