This tablet is surmounted by three heads embodying ancestors communicating with tutelary spirits, "mvidye", intermediaries between the spiritual world and individuals, who can also embody nature spirits among the Luba of Kasai. The bas-relief motifs are linked to a proverb or a mnemonic code associated with the myths, origins and precepts of Luba royalty. This object allowed the followers of Mbudye to transmit during codified rituals, through stories and songs, the genealogy of the founding heroes, the history of the migrations of the clan, etc...
Velvety brown patina, cracks and erosions. Among the Luba, the king, mulopwe, held the highest position in a complex system of command. He partially delegated his powers to local lineage chiefs or to secondary chiefs, whom he appointed himself. Like the king, these chiefs used symbols of authority strongly similar to those of the king and awarded to them by the latter. These symbols include command staffs, caryatid stools, arrow holders and divining bowls. Dignitaries used them to justify and reinforce their social position.
Among our sources: "Luba", F. Neyt; "Treasures of Africa" Museum of Tervuren.
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