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Female figure Luba/Zela (N° 19172)
Represented seated, taking a determined posture, this female figure probably associated with initiation rites is topped by two lateral "comforters" behind a striped headband. A deep rib divides the forehead, extending to the bridge of the nose. Dense wood, beautiful patina of use, glossy, cracks of desiccation
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Once subject to the Luba, then the Lundas, the Zela adopted many 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 the statuary, mythical ancestors, and dedicate offerings to the spirits of nature. In addition to their powerful Mbudye society, the Zela also have a female initiation association called Kisungu.
( Luba , Roberts, 5 Continents ; "Treasures of Africa" from the Museum of Tervuren; "100 people of Zaire" M.L.Félix ).
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