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Bowstand in the form of a female figure. It was kept by a Luba king's senior wife and served as a symbol of royal prestige and authority, and as such was handed on to his successor as part of the coronation ceremony. Country of Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Africa. Culture: Luba. Date/Period: 19th-20th C. Material Size: Wood, h=62 cms. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive / Courtesy Entwistle Gallery, London. Location: 09.