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Luba cup holder (N° 21415)

A large female sculpture shows a cylindrical container mboko , which was usually filled with kaolin, an image of purity and the spiritual world. These vessels were used by various Luba societies, and groups of prophets, more generally by the mediums of the divination society Kilumbu , Bilumbu , or by the healers of the society Buhabo . It was, individually or collectively, to consult the spirits of the ancestors through specialists. This type of cup also played a role in the investiture of the Luba king.
According to P. Nooter , these figures also represented the diviner's wife, which emphasizes her importance in the process of divination bilumbu . According to some Luba, however, although a woman, she would represent the first Luba diviner, and would also be an allegory of royalty linked to the powerful Mbudye society associated with royal power.
("Luba" Roberts; "Luba", F.Neyt.) Satin brown patina, fine desiccation cracks.

Litt. "Luba" ed. 5Continents.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, perles
Weight13.85 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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