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Luba figure (N° 22612)

Luba African statuette figured in a frontal posture, hands resting on the shoulders. Her headdress, behind a wide band revealing a shaved forehead, is related to that worn by Luba women at the beginning of the 20th century. By her symbolic gesture she indicates that the secrets of royalty (the bizila) belong to women thanks to their role as political and spiritual intermediaries. Scarifications in relief on the abdomen, horizontal on the lower abdomen, dot his bust. Black satin patina, erosions.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) 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 killed the old king Kongolo who has since been revered in the form of a python. In the 16th century they created a state, organized as a decentralized chiefdom, which stretched from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory without any real border which includes at most three villages.  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm21
Width6 cm
Weight0.15 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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