Women healers carry medicinal oils and herbs in gourd containers. The hairstyle carved on the figurative stoppers is typical of that worn by girls during their coming-of-age ceremonies.
Bottle shaped gourd with a stopper in the form of a female figure seated on a two legged stool with hands resting on her stomach. The legs of the figure substitute for the front legs of the stool. The coiffure of the figure is a double crescent running from front to back. The lower portion or neck of the stopper is long and cylindrical.
Marc Leo Felix, Brussels, -- to 1989
Healing Arts, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., September 2016 - ongoing