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Luba Lupona caryatide seat (N° 14348)

Kneeling, a female effigy, "recepacle of a deceased sovereign leader" (Luba, Roberts) supports the circular tray resting on its cylindrical headdress. The protruding scarifications in the ears converging on the umbilical, "centre of the world" associated with lineage, those of the lower abdomen, the fullness of volumes, symbolize fertility. This stool, named lupona, or kioni or kipona, kiona , according to the sources, constitutes the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and protective spirits and ancestors, where symbolically and spiritually intermingle past and present. It once formed the foundation upon which the king mulopwe was inducted. Seats were arranged on leopard skins at the inauguration of the new leader. It was only after sitting there that his speech took on a royal and divine character. Apart from these exceptional circumstances, the seats were not used and remained in secret locations. Dark brown patina satin, thinned on protrusions. Indigenous restoration on the base (metal staples)
The cradle of the Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River. They were born from a secession of the Songhoy ethnic group. In the 16th century they created a state, organized in decentralized chiefdoms, that stretched from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory with no real borders that includes at most three villages. Source "Africa, The Art of a Continent" ed. Prestel; U.022Luba" F. Neyt.  

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Originex-collection Moreno
EthnyLuba
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood, perles, metal
Height46
Width36
Weight6.40 Kg
Estimated dating1er quart xx°

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