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Luba stool (N° 22619)

Prestigious African furniture and female representation.
Can be used as a side table, a pedestal table, this carved African stool, of the Luba type, features a majestic caryatid statue, covered with protruding body scarifications, specific marks of identity. Congolese groups. Eyes whitened with kaolin symbolize communication between women and spirits. The glossy top has an inclination.
The Kusu established on the left bank of the Lualaba have borrowed the artistic traditions of the Luba and the Hemba and have a caste system similar to that Luba . The stool named lupona , or kioni or kipona , kiona , according to the sources, constitutes the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and the protective spirits and ancestors, where symbolically and spiritually mix past and present. It once formed the seat on which the Mulopwe king 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. Shiny locally gray patina, desiccation cracks and erosions.

Source "Africa, The Art of a Continent" ed. Prestel; "Luba" F. Neyt; "Congo River" F. Neyt (p.250) Mercator Collection, Quai Branly Museum.  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm51
Width26 cm
Weight4.34 Kg

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