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Luba neck support (N° 23154)
TheLuba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neckrests and stools made up of a caryatid figure and sometimes an animal motif, the duiker as here.
In this case it is a female figure, embodiment of royalty and the spirit of the ancestors, riding the animal. Antelope horns were used, laden with magical ingredients, in therapeutic rites.
Neckrests were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. Greyish light brown patina. Slight cracks.
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. The Shankadi form a group established west of the Lualaba, whose works are distinguished by a stepped hairstyle called "cascading".
Source: "Luba" F. Neyt
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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