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Luba Mikisi figure (N° 20873)

This female sculpture that embodies a spiritual medium has a concentrated meditative physiognomy and a morphology where curves alternate. The attitude, hands on breasts, indicates that the secrets of royalty ( the bizila) belong to women through their role as political and spiritual intermediaries. The prominent umbilicus evokes her role in transmitting life.
Shaded brown patina. Desiccation crack.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, thus 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 had the old king Kongolo, who has since been venerated in the form of a python, die. In the sixteenth century they created a state, organized in decentralized chieftaincies, which extended from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chieftaincies cover a small territory with no real borders, and include no more than three villages.  

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OriginCollection belge
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height35
Width10
Weight0.50 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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