The Luba are famous in particular for their neckrests and stools made of a caryatid figure. The "receptacle of a deceased sovereign leader" ("Luba" Roberts) effigy, embodying the spirit of an ancestor, vidiye, is adorned with talisman necklaces. A coin from the former Belgian Congo is set on the base. Dark oiled patina, orange reflections. Native restorations using metal fragments.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence 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 killed the old king Kongolo who has since been revered in the form of a python. In the 16th century they created a state, organized as a decentralized chiefdom, which stretched from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory without any real border which includes at most three villages.
Source: "Luba" F. Neyt
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