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Luba / Zela Headrest (N° 21453)

This type of neck support comes from the Zula, Zuri, Wazula, still called Luba-Maniema, established in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the north of the Luba territory.
The bust of the sculpted subject embodying an ancestor is engraved with traditional scarifications. The stretched limbs are characteristic of Zula art. Black greasy patina with burgundy highlights. An iconoclastic raid, under the influence of Islamic occupiers, had made disappear most of the ritual sculptures of the Zula. These last ones nevertheless safeguarded the cult of the ancestors, the cult devoted to the spirit alunga, and perpetuated the use of the offerings to the spirits of the nature.
Zula society, divided into castes, has its origins in the Lubas. The Zulas became associated with the Arabs ( Tippo Tip) during the 19th century in the ivory and slave trades.

 

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyZela
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, perles
Height21
Depth10
Width17
Weight0.90 Kg

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