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Luba statuette (N° 27645) Deposit sale

This type of female African figure among the Luba was often linked to fertility rituals. The posture would further indicate that the secrets of royalty, bizila, belong to women at the Luba court through their role as political and spiritual intermediary. Female figurative subjects would represent for the Lubas the wife of the diviner, hence its importance in the process of bilumbu divination. According to some Lubas however, although female, she would represent the first soothsayer Luba, and would also be an allegory of royalty linked to the powerful Mbudye society associated with royal power. ("Luba" Roberts.) Old black patina, erosions and cracks.
The Luba ( Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, so the name (Baluba, which means «the Lubas»). The Luba have two main types of figures: the mikisi mihasi as the deceased relatives or spirits, and the mikisi mihake as sculptures designed to contain a magical charge in the head or abdomen to solve a problem.

( Luba , Roberts, 5 Continents ; "Treasures of Africa" ed. of the Tervuren Museum).  

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OriginCollection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, perles
Height cm27
Width8 cm
Weight0.63 Kg

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