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Sanza Luba (N° 21861)

Widespread in Central Africa, this musical instrument or sanza with a woman's motif offers a sound box with metal slats. The thumbs of both hands will rest on the soundboard to vibrate the front ends of the tongues. Brown satin patina, abrasions.
The statuette in the round sculpted at the top refers to notions of fertility and royal secrets. Her attitude indicates that the secrets of royalty, bizila, belong to women thanks to their role as political and spiritual intermediaries. The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river, thus the name (Baluba, which means “the Lubas”). The Luba have two types of figures: the mikisi mihasi , embodying deceased parents or spirits, and the mikisi mihake , sculptures dedicated to containing a magic charge, in the head or abdomen, in order to solve a problem.
( Luba , Roberts, 5 Continents; "Treasures of Africa" ed. of the Museum of Tervuren; "100 people of Zaire" MLFélix ).  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm25
Width9 cm
Weight0.20 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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