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Luba Scepter (N° 23922)

Among the emblems of prestige this type of Luba dignitary scepter. True sources of information on their owners and local history, the scepters display a varied iconography. Embodying the deceased parents bakishi or the bavidye spirits, "Mvidie" intermediaries between god and men, the female figure offers keloid scars in relief specific to the Kongo clans. These make it able to capture the energies including those of deceased kings as dictated by the use. The elected woman then took the title of Mwadi and came to take up her duties within the royal residence. Then becoming the king himself, she could not marry. The Mwadi institution came to an end in 1970. The hands-on-breasts attitude symbolizes the feminine prerogative of the secrets of "bizila" royalty. Dark satin patina.  

 


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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm42
Width6 cm
Weight0.45 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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