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Luba board (N° 18152)

This tablet with curved edges is surmounted by a head supposed to embody an ancestor communicating with the guardian spirits, 'mvidye', intermediate between the spiritual world and individuals, which can also embody the spirits of nature among the Luba of Kasai. The drawings, colours and layout of the inlays of the plateau are linked to a mnemonic proverb or code associated with the myths, origins and precepts of Luba royalty. This multi-interpretation object allowed followers of the Mbudye to transmit during codified rituals, through stories and songs, the genealogy of the founding heroes, the history of clan migrations, certain codes of the kingdom, etc. H. on pedestal: 37 cm.
Nene brown velvety matte, slightly abraded areas. Height on pedestal: 36cm
Shest the Luba, the king, mulopwe, occupied the highest place in a complex command system. He partially delegated his powers to local lineage leaders or secondary leaders, whom he appointed himself. Like the king, these chiefs used symbols of authority strongly similar to those of the king and bestowed upon them by the king. These symbols include command sticks, cariatid stools, arrow holders and divination bowls. The dignitaries used them to justify and strengthen their social position. Among our sources: Luba, F. Neyt; Treasures of Africa Tervuren Museum.  

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Originex-collection allemande
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, perles
Height cm32
Width15 cm
Weight0.45 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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