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Luba figure (N° 21834)
This feminine effigy, which embodies a spiritual medium, offers a concentrated meditative physiognomy. The attitude, hands on the breasts, indicates that the secrets of royalty (the bizila ) belong to women thanks to their role of political and spiritual intermediary.
Nuanced chocolate patina. Abrasions.
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The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their birthplace is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river, as well as the name (Baluba, which means "the Lubas"). They were born out of a secession from the Songhoy ethnic group, under the leadership of Ilunga Kalala who killed the old King Kongolo since revered in the form of a python. In the 16th century they created a state, organized as a decentralized chiefdom, which stretched from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory with no real border which includes at most three villages.
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