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Luba statue (N° 21764)

Work carved in dense wood, this female figure offers proportions and a posture reminiscent of Hemba statuary. The braided hairstyle organized in large parallel shells and the scarifications of the bust are however typically zela. The large globes house half-closed almond-shaped lids, imparting a meditative expression to a face with serene features.
Grainy matte patina. Erosions and desiccation cracks.
Formerly subject to the Luba, then to the Lundas, the Zela have adopted a large part of their customs and traditions. Established between the Luvua River and Lake Kisalé, they are today organized into four chiefdoms under the supervision of leaders of Luba origin. They venerate a primordial couple frequently represented in the statuary, mythical ancestors, and dedicate offerings to the spirits of nature. Ref. : "Luba" 5 Continents. Rooberts; "Kifwebe" F. Neyt, ed. 5Continents.  

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OriginCollection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm40
Width10 cm
Weight1.45 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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