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Luba sculpture (N° 23772) Deposit sale

Small sculpture depicting a seated woman, presenting the mboko cup, which was generally filled with kaolin, an image of purity and the spiritual world. These containers were used by different Luba societies, and groups of prophets, more generally by the mediums of the Kilumbu, Bilumbu divination society, or by the healers of the society. Buhabo . It was a question, individually or collectively, of consulting the spirits of the ancestors through specialists. This type of cut also played a role during the investiture of the Luba king.
Beautiful lustrous heterogeneous patina, encrusted residues of kaolin, desication cracks.
According to P. Nooter, these figures also represented the wife of the diviner, which highlights its importance in the bilumbu divination process. According to some Luba however, although a woman, she would represent the first Luba diviner, and would also be an allegory of royalty linked to the powerful society of Mbudye associated with royal power.

("Luba" Roberts; "Luba", F. Neyt.) Brown satin patina, fine desication cracks.

Lit. : "Luba" ed. 5Continents; https://www.art-tribal.fr/art-tribal/livres-art-africain/Intimate-Conversations/19363.
Litt. "Luba" ed. 5Continents.  

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OriginCollection belge
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm9
Width7 cm
Weight0.10 Kg

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