African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Luba

Luba Cup Carrier (N° 18440)

Gracious head-wearing for this seated female figure with the mboko cup, a calabash filled with kaolin, symbolizing purity and the spiritual world, and whose visitors to the king were silent. A small face, a long neck, and a bust where the scarifications in use are written in diamond and epi. According to P.Nooter these figures represented the soothsayer's wife, which underlines its importance in the process of divination bilumbu. Small cavities at the top were used to introduce magical-purpose active ingredients. Semi-mate velvety patina. Abrasions.


Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River, so 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 as a python. In the 16th century they created a state, organized in a decentralized chiefdom, which stretched from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory without a real border that includes no more than three villages.
 

Watch the video

 


This item is sold with its certificate of authenticity

Estimated shipping cost





Originex-collection allemande
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, textile
Height40
Depth25
Width15
Weight1.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

You could also be interested by these items
Statue FangStatue YorubaStatuette LengolaStatues NgbandiStatuette Lega

You must login to access these options
   Warn me if a similar item is added to the catalog
   Warn me if the price decreases
Manage my alerts


You have question on this item ? contact us


Previously viewed items
African art - Luba Cup Carrier
African art  -  Brussels - Paris - London

© 2021 - Digital Consult SPRL

Essentiel Galerie SPRL
73A, rue de Tournai - 7333 Tertre - Belgique
+32 (0)65.529.100