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Luba statue (N° 22582)
Harmonious shapes and posture associated with fertility and royal secrets for this statuette. This attitude indicates that the secrets of royalty, bizila, belong to women thanks to their role as political and spiritual intermediaries. The hairstyle was made of braids and copper wires. The so-called "ear-shaped" scarifications, "tactile mnemonic code", are recurrent. This type of figure was also used in the context of fertility rituals: young women lacking breast milk came to touch the chest of the statue in the hope of breastfeeding more abundantly.
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”). The Luba have two main types of figures: the mikisi mihasi , embodying deceased relatives or spirits, and the mikisi mihake , sculptures dedicated to containing a magic charge, in the head or the abdomen, in order to solve a problem.
( Luba , Roberts, 5 Continents; "Treasures of Africa" ed. of the Museum of Tervuren).
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