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Luba spoon (N° 22128)

Belgian African art collection.
Anthropomorphic spoons are recurrent in tribal art. It is distinguished by the quality and finesse of its sculpture. We find there all the canons of Luba art including the mythical hairstyle. Although ritual, the spoon also quickly became an outward sign of wealth.
The Luba (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”). 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 in the form of a python. In the 16th century they created a state, organized as a decentralized chiefdom, which stretched from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory without any real border which includes at most three villages.  

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OriginCollection P. M.
EthnyLuba
CountryCongo
Material(s)wood
Height cm37
Width6 cm
Weight0.15 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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