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Luba stool (N° 21963)

Two caryatids "receptacles of a deceased sovereign chief" (Luba, Roberts), finely sculpted in the round, support the circular tray resting on their headdresses with their fingertips. The protruding scarifications in ears converging towards the umbilicus, "center of the world" associated with the lineage, those of the lower abdomen, refer 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. Semi-matte, velvety dark brown patina. ) Source "Africa, The Art of a Continent" ed. Prestel; "Luba" F. Neyt.  

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OriginCollection belge
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm45
Width33 cm
Weight5.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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