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Luba Figure (N° 15066)

In the Luba, the female representations are characterized by the permanence of a morphology with stretched limbs, such as this sculpture of woman sitting with legs and arms outstretched, going about one of many daily occupations, such as kneading a vegetable paste. Lacking the classic scarifications, however, it is depicted wearing, among the infinite variety of tyles of luba hairstyles, of hair coated with palm oil, topped in a building of layered bulges, like the hair adornments of the Luba Waholoholo, (Holoholo) subgroup, of the Lake Tanganyika region.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, which means \  

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Origincollection belge
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height18
Depth28
Width14
Weight0.70 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°

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