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Statuette Luba / Hemba (N° 17269)

The ancestor statuary of the Luba Hemba within African tribal art
Chez the Luba located east of the Lualaba River, the woman forms a constant sculpted motif thanks to her major role in politics and spiritual life. Luba ritual specialists use various objects sculpted for the purpose of divination, healing, initiation rites or the fight against witchcraft and litigation. Incarnate deceased parents bakishi or spirits bavidye , Mvidie Intermediate between god and men, this feminine effigy sculpted in harmonious volumes features a head with braids gathered backwards, and cheloid scars in relief on the specific body of the Kongo clans. The latter make it capable of capturing the energies of which those of the deceased kings as dictated by the use. The woman elected then took the title of Mwadi and came to take up her duties within the royal residence. Becoming the king himself, she could not marry. The Mwadi institution ended in 1970.
Glossy Black Eye. Desication crack on the headdress.  

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Originex-collection luxembourgeoise
EthnyHemba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height33
Width8
Weight0.45 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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