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Head Luba (N° 17834)

This fragment of luba sculpture offers a head without hairstyle, and details such as fingers at the ears. The figure was probably depicted crouching, arms folded on either side of the face, hands resting on the ears. These attitudes were those of dignitaries in familiar conversations. Erosions, dark grainy patina.
High on a base: 29 cm.

Luba settled mainly in the Upemba Valley and along the banks of the Lualaba.royal.This type of protective figures offering a meditative appearance would embody an ancestor communicating with the guardian spirits, 'mvidye', intermediaries between the spiritual world and individuals, and can also embody the spirits of nature among the Luba of Kasai and also the first soothsayer Luba. King Luba mulopwe dedunate his powers partially to local lineage leaders or secondary leaders, whom he appointed himself. Like the king, these chiefs used symbols of authority strongly similar to those of the king and bestowed upon them by the king. These symbols include command sticks, cariatid stools, arrow holders and divination bowls. The dignitaries used them to justify and strengthen their social position. Among our sources: Luba, F. Neyt; Treasures of Africa Tervuren Museum.

 

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height10
Depth13
Width12
Weight0.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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