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Luba comb (N° 20209)

The tribal art of Africa proves to us once again that any common object can become an artistic medium. The major role held by women in the political life of the kingdom is illustrated by the recurrence of the female motif in Luba art. The latter, which stood out for its prestige and quality, also influenced neighboring groups.
A figure of an ancestor forms the handle of this comb divided into six teeth.
The effigy is depicted sitting with a straight back, belly bulging forward. The hands rest on either side of the umbilicus, a symbolic gesture associated with the Luba lineage. The figure has a headdress pulled back, a reference to the elaborate quadrifoliate headdresses of dignitaries. Brown patina, satin highlights.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height23
Width8
Weight0.07 Kg

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