Embodying a spirit, the female figure presents a mboko vase. This pot was intended for kaolin, associated with purity and 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. This involved, individually or collectively, consulting the spirits of the ancestors through specialists. This type of cut also played a role during the inauguration of King Luba.
Satin black patina.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river, hence the name (Baluba “the Lubas”). In the 16th century they created a state, organized into decentralized chieftaincy, which extended from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory without any real border which brings together at most three villages.
Source: “Luba” F. Neyt; "Luba at the sources of Zaire" < /a> F. Neyt.
"Luba" ed. 5Continents.
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