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Short sword Luba (N° 17196)

Sword all sober, with a wooden handle and an oblong blade devoid of ornamentation. The metal has granular residues. Skate of use.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River, so 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 killed the old king Kongolo, who has since been revered as a python. In the 16th century they created a state, organized in a decentralized chiefdom, which stretched from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory without a real border that includes no more than three villages. 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. (source: Luba, F. Neyt)  

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Originex-collection Cordier
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood , metal
Weight0.40 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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