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Luba comb with female pattern (N° 20430)

A major accessory to the sumptuous Luba headdresses, the African comb is always sculpted with motifs associated with founding myths, royalty or religious beliefs. This everyday object is topped by a female figure carved in the round. The Luba female effigy, associated with a role as a spiritual medium, presents a headdress, behind a band uncovering a traditionally shaven forehead, worn by Luba women at the beginning of the 20th century. This figure affirms the major role of women in Luba royalty(the bizila) through their role as political and spiritual intermediaries.
Light brown semi-matt patina.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, thus 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, who has since been venerated in the form of a python, die. In the sixteenth century they created a state, organized in decentralized chieftaincies, which extended from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chieftaincies cover a small territory with no real borders, and include no more than three villages.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height28
Width10
Weight0.33 Kg
Socle includedYes

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