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Luba statue (N° 22183)

Seated figure facing a mboko container with a lid, which was usually filled with kaolin, a symbol of purity and of the spiritual world. These containers were used by different Luba societies, and groups of prophets, more generally by the mediums of the Kilumbu, Bilumbu divination society, or by the healers of the society. Buhabo . It was a question, individually or collectively, of consulting the spirits of the ancestors through specialists. This type of cut also played a role during the investiture of the Luba king.
According to P. Nooter, these figures also represented the wife of the diviner, which highlights its importance in the bilumbu divination process. 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 society of Mbudye associated with royal power.
("Luba" Roberts; "Luba", F. Neyt.) Satin golden brown patina, desication cracks.

Lit. : "Luba" ed. 5Continents.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm31
Depth22 cm
Width12 cm
Weight1.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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