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Luba neck support (N° 16896)
Ex-collection German African art.
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The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-bearings and stools made up of a cariatidic figure. In this case it is a crouching female figure, the embodiment of the royalty and spirit of the ancestors. The neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. Crack on one arm. Satin-red brown patina. Powdery residues. 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 (Baluba, which means the Lubas). 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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