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Luba comb (N° 22252)

In African tribal art any everyday object can become an artistic support. Within African art, any everyday object can be transformed into a decorative work. 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, greatly influenced neighboring groups. This comb is surmounted by a protective effigy embodying a woman of Luba royalty, a political and spiritual intermediary. Her headdress, behind a wide headband revealing a shaved forehead, evokes one of those worn by Luba women at the beginning of the 20th century. Her gesture, hands on her breasts, is a way of indicating that the secrets of royalty (the bizila) are held by women.
Height on base: 23 cm.


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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm23
Width7 cm
Weight0.22 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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