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Statue Luba (N° 19476)

Female Luba figure, protective effigy embodying a political and spiritual intermediary, role held by the woman in Luba royalty. Her headdress, behind a wide band revealing a shaved forehead, is related to the one worn by the Luba women at the beginning of the 20th century. The secrets of the royalty ( the bizila )were held by women thanks to their role of political and spiritual intermediary. Kifwebe masks adorn the panel that forms her bust, and a nile varan appears on the back, associated with the spirits of nature. This panel is reminiscent of the mnemonic boards lukasa . The Luba also consider the degree of efficiency of their carved objects according to their refinement. Satin brown patina. Small erosion and very minimal cracks. Missing on one foot.
The Luba (Baluba in tchiluba) 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"). They were born from a secession of the Songhoy ethnic group, under the leadership of Ilunga Kalala, who had the old king Kongolo, venerated since then in the form of a python, die. In the 16th century they created a state, organized as a decentralized chieftaincy, which extended from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory without real border that includes at most three villages.  

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Originex-collection corse
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm60
Width21 cm
Weight2.22 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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