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Luba sculpted plank (N° 16798)

This realistic sculpture emanating from the southern Luba, with a didactic vocation, would depict a scene of circumcision or childbirth intended for the education of future initiates. The female figure depicted lying on the ground clings to the contours of the board with a decoration of teeth, shells and coins. Its body bears the traditional distinctive scarifications while blue tubular beads make up its adornments. This type of sculpture could also be used as a magical medium to promote births as part of the fertility cult.
seed, satiny, locally abraded darkpatine.
Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River, so the name (Baluba, which means \  

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Originex-collection néerlandaise
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, perles, cauris, pièces
Weight1.50 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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