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Luba cup (N° 22967)

Classic composition of traditional Luba art around a cylindrical mboko container. Figures embodying spirits, sculpted in the round, are seated, arms encircling the vase which was intended for kaolin, an ingredient associated with purity and the spiritual world. These containers were used by different Luba societies, and groups of prophets, more generally by the mediums of the Kilumbu, Bilumbu divination society, or by the healers of the society. Buhabo . It was a question, individually or collectively, of consulting the spirits of the ancestors through specialists. This type of cut also played a role during the investiture of the Luba king.
Grainy satin patina, desiccation cracks and erosions.

The Lubas (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river, thus the name (Baluba, which means “the Lubas”). The chiefdoms cover a small territory with no real border that includes at most three villages.
Litt. : "Luba" ed. 5Continents.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm36
Depth18 cm
Width35 cm
Weight2.49 Kg

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