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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.
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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.
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