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Muzela neck support (N° 23174)

Headrest with female caryatid motif of Luba or Zela origin. The posture of the character evokes a particular symbolism for the Lubas, the genitals being in contact with the earth. The sculpture of the Luba and related groups indeed represents the woman and her connection with royalty and the bavidye spirits. Brown satin patina, erosions.
Formerly subject to the Luba, then to the Lundas, the Zela, Muzela, or Wazela, have adopted a large part of their customs and traditions. Established between the Luvua River and Lake Kisalé, they are now organized into four chiefdoms under the supervision of leaders of Luba origin. They venerate a primordial couple frequently represented in statuary, mythical ancestors, and dedicate offerings to the spirits of nature.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm17
Depth7 cm
Width17 cm
Weight0.50 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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