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Luba neck support (N° 15099)

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-rests and stools made up of a cariatid figure. In this case it is a couple side by side. The neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The figures of spouses supporting the stage, with a sophisticated hairstyle, and embodying spirits, are depicted standing. Black brown patina barely satin. Base split frontally.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, which means \  

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Originex-collection espagnole
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height16
Width9
Weight0.45 Kg

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