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Luba statuettes (N° 18750)

This sculpture is composed of feminine figures associated, within the luba society, with a function of spiritual mediums. The hair is assembled at the back of the head with the forehead traditionally shaved. Their hairstyles are of the type worn by Luba women at the beginning of the 20th century. This sculpture reminds us that the secrets of royalty (the bizila) belong to women thanks to their role as political and spiritual intermediaries. Golden brown patina, cracks of dessication.
The Luba (Baluba in tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river, so the name (Baluba, which means "the Lubas"). They were born from a secession of the Songhoy ethnic group, under the leadership of Ilunga Kalala, who had the old king Kongolo, venerated since then in the form of a python, die. In the 16th century they created a state, organized as a decentralized chieftaincy, which extended from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory without real border that includes at most three villages.  

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Originex-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm17
Depth5 cm
Width12 cm
Weight0.45 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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