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Appuie-nuque Luba Shankadi (N° 16832)

Ex-collection German African art.

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-bearings and stools made up of a cariatidic figure. The female effigy adorning this neck support to preserve the complex headdress of its owner refers to Luba royalty. The neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The character embodying a spirit, endowed with a cascading hairstyle of the Shankadi tyle, is spotted in a crouching position, but on the hips. Velvety brown patina. The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River, hence the name.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 as a python. In the 16th century they created a state, organized in a decentralized chiefdom, which stretched from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory without a real border that includes no more than three villages. Source: Luba F. Neyt  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height15
Depth7
Width13
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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