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Luba Shankadi Headrest (N° 18639)

The Luba are renowned for their refined statuary and famous in particular for their neck supports and stools made up of a cariatidic figure. The seated figures, entwined, leaning on the toes of their opposite, symbolize the Luba royalty. The neck supports protecting the hairstyles at night were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The characters embody the spirit of an ancestor, vidiye and are endowed with a cascading Shankadi-style hairstyle. Brown patina with orange reflections, ochre residual inlays, cracks and abrasions.
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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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight1.65 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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