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Luba Shankadi neck support (N° 18825)
The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck rests and stools made up of a caryatid figure. The feminine effigy adorning this neckrest, which is supposed to preserve the complex headdress of its owner, refers to Luba royalty. Neck rests were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The spirit figure, with a cascading Shankadi style headdress, is shown in a squatting position, hands on hips. Dark glossy patina, cracked desiccation, ochre residues.
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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 had the old king Kongolo, venerated since then in the form of a python, die. In the 16th century they created a state, organized in decentralized chieftaincy, which extended from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory without real border that includes at most three villages.
Source : "Luba" F. Neyt
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