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Luba Fetish (N° 24133)

This African statuette with a stepped hairstyle is stuck in the center of a cup symbolizing those used by different Luba societies, mediums of the society Kilumbu, Bilumbu< /i>, or by the healers of the Buhabo society. The Mbudye soothsayers also used it. The faces of these characters embodying the tutelary spirits manifest a peaceful interiority. According to some Luba, however, although a woman, she would represent the first Luba seer, and would also be an allegory of royalty linked to the powerful society of Mbudye associated with power. royal. Kifwebe masks appear on the sides of the vase.
("Luba" Roberts; "Luba", F.Neyt.) Satin brown patina. Desication cracks, slight loss.

The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, the Lubas).  


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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm18
Width8 cm
Weight0.20 Kg

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