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Appuie-nuque Luba Shankadi (N° 16931)

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-bearings and stools made up of a cariatidic figure. The feminine effigy symbolizing Luba royalty, carefully carved, is endowed with a cascading shankadi-style hairstyle. The neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. Reddish-brown satin patina. Erosions.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, specifically the Lubu River region, hence the name (Baluba, which means \  

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Originex-collection suisse
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height14
Width15
Weight0.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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