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Luba neck support (N° 21623)

The Luba are renowned for the refinement of their African neck rests and seats, which are made up of carved caryatid motifs. The neck rests protecting the headdress at night were also used to support the head of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. These female figures embodying the spirit of an ancestor, vidiye, crouching with legs widely apart (Zula style), and whose heads support the curved prop, form the "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief"( Luba, Roberts).
Abraded brown patina.

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, who has since been venerated in the form of a python, die. In the sixteenth century they created a state, organized in decentralized chieftaincies, which extended from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chieftaincies cover a small territory with no real borders, and include at most three villages. Source: "Luba" F. Neyt  

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OriginCollection luxembourgeoise
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm15
Depth13 cm
Width5 cm
Weight0.15 Kg

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