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Luba Mikisi (N° 20497)
This female effigy embodies a spiritual medium.
She offers fine features and a concentrated meditative physiognomy. 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.
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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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