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Luba Shankadi neck support (N° 16825)

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-bearings and stools made up of a cariatidic figure. The symbolic figures adorning this neck support to preserve the complex headdress of its owner refer to Luba royalty. But the neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The characters embodying spirits, endowed with a cascading hairstyle, are depicted arms and legs outstretched entwined in a face to face. Velvety brown patina.
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
Height19
Depth15
Width6
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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