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Luba Stool (N° 22239)

A caryatid "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief" (Luba, Roberts), sculpted in the round, supports the circular top of this prestigious seat. The protruding scarifications in ears converging towards the umbilicus, "center of the world" associated with the lineage, those of the lower abdomen, are related to 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 past and present mingle symbolically and spiritually. It once formed the seat on which King mulopwe was enthroned. The seats were arranged on leopard skins during the investiture of the new leader. Only after sitting there did his speech take on a royal and divine character. Apart from these exceptional circumstances, the seats were not used and remained stored in undisclosed locations.
Desication erosions and cracks. Dark brown, ocher, matte and velvety patina.

Source "Africa, The Art of a Continent" ed. Prestel; "Luba" F. Neyt.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm38
Width27 cm
Weight4.10 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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