The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neckrests and stools made up of a caryatid figure or couple embodying spirits. Neckrests were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The figures of squatting spouses, supporting the tray with their heads, are endowed with a sophisticated hairstyle. Brown abraded, satin patina.
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 “the Lubas”). 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 with no real border which includes at most three villages.
Source: "Luba" F. Neyt
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