Regalia and ritual sculptures of the eastern Luba.
This bust statuette, which was ritually oiled by the mediummvidye in homage to the ancestors, surmounts a hollowed-out calabash. Velvety brown patina, ocher residue. According to P. Nooter, these figures represented the diviner's wife, emphasizing her importance in the bilumbu divination process. According to some Luba however, although a woman, she would represent the first Luba diviner, and would also be an allegory of royalty linked to the powerful Mbudye society associated with royal power.
This type of protective figures offering a meditative physiognomy would embody an ancestor communicating with the tutelary spirits, "mvidye", intermediaries between the spiritual world and individuals, and can also embody nature spirits among the Luba of Kasaï and also the first diviner Luba.
Height on base: 35 cm.
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