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Luba Cup (N° 21619)

Figures embodying spirits, carved in the round, frame a cylindrical mboko container. This pot was for kaolin, associated with purity and the spiritual world. These vessels were used by various Luba societies, and groups of prophets, more generally by the mediums of the divination society Kilumbu , Bilumbu , or by the healers of the society Buhabo . It was, individually or collectively, to consult the spirits of the ancestors through specialists. This type of cup also played a role during the investiture of the Luba king.
Satin patina, cracks of desiccation.

The Lubas (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river, thus the name (Baluba, which means "the Lubas"). They were born from a secession of the Songhoy ethnic group, under the leadership of Ilunga Kalala, who had the old king Kongolo, who has since been venerated in the form of a python, die. In the sixteenth century they created a state, organized in decentralized chieftaincies, which extended from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chefferies covered a small territory with no real borders that included at most three villages.
Litt. : "Luba" ed. 5Continents.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm29
Width17 cm
Weight1.60 Kg

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