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Luba Headrest (N° 14839)

The Luba are famous in particular for their neck rests and stools made of a caryatid figure. Neck rests protecting headdresses at night were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. These female figures embodying the spirit of an ancestor, vidiye, crouching with legs widely apart (Zula style), whose heads support the curved prop, form the "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief"( Luba, Roberts). Black brown oiled patina.

The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) 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 caused the death of the old king Kongolo, who has since been venerated in the form of a python. In the sixteenth century they created a state, organized in decentralized chieftaincies, which extended from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chieftaincies cover a small territory with no real borders, and include at most three villages. Source: "Luba" F. Neyt  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height15
Depth7
Width12
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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