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Female/male Luba figure (N° 20528)

Hybrid anthropomorphic sculpture in which one of the faces represents a man while the second offers feminine characteristics. Each of the characters has discreet body scarifications composed of dotted lines. Glossy brown-black patina. Cracks.Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) 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 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 no more than three villages.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, cauris
Height39
Width13
Weight0.47 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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