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Statuette Luba Mikisi (N° 18806)

This female Luba effigy, associated with a role of spiritual medium, presents a physiognomy with a concentrated, meditative expression. Her stepped headdress, behind a headband revealing a traditionally shaved forehead, resembles one of those worn by Luba women at the beginning of the 20th century. This sculpture affirms the major role of the woman in the Luba royalty (les bizila) thanks to her role of political and spiritual intermediary. Smooth black-brown patina. 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 belge
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height40
Width11
Weight1.10 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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