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Luba / Zela Ngabo
African art > African Shield > Zela Shield

Once subject to the Luba and then the Lunda, the Zela have adopted many of their customs and traditions. Established between the Luvua River and Lake Kisale, they are now organized into four chiefdoms under the supervision of leaders of Luba origin. They venerate a primordial couple frequently represented in statuary, mythical ancestors, and make offerings to the spirits of nature. These shields could be hung in the huts. Matt patina with colored highlights.
( Luba , Roberts, 5 Continents ; "Trésors d'Afrique" ed. du Musée de Tervuren; "100 people of Zaire" M.L.Félix ). In the southeastern region of Katanga, around the 1960s, the Zela , long subject to the Luba whose customs and rites they borrowed, carved animal masks, following the example of the Lubas and Kundas. In ...


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Sanza Zela
African art > Tam Tam, Djembe, musical instruments > Sanza Zela

Ex Belgian African art collection.

Very common in Central Africa, this musical instrument or sanza anthropomorphic offers a sounding board forming the bust of the figure, on which metal slats are attached. The thumbs of both hands will rest on the soundboard to vibrate the front ends of the strips. In Zaire, however, where all the fingers are used as for the piano, groups of instruments play in complementary registers. Brown satin patina, abrasions. Once subject to the Luba, then the Lundas, the Zela have adopted many of their customs and traditions. Established between the Luvua River and Lake Kisale, they are now organized into four chiefdoms under the supervision of leaders of Luba origin. They venerate a primordial couple frequently represented in statuary, mythical ...


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Zoomorphic mask Luba/Zela Mukisi a kukaya
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Zela mask

This African kifwebe (pl.bifwebe) mask, decorated with striations, representing a bird (probably a wild guinea fowl, associated with fertility), appeared in the company of a circular kifwebe mask equipped with a voluminous raffia collar hiding the dancer.
Height on base: 43 cm.
These masks were performed during different traditions: investitures, funerals, and rites against witchcraft in the different initiatory societies. In the eastern part of the Luba region, important ceremonies are held in honor of the clan's ancestors, deceased chiefs, and the new moon. They did indeed have some zoomorphic masks associated with the kifwebe dance. They performed during the ritual ceremonies of the kazanzi society, responsible for fighting witchcraft. Offerings are then made to the ...

Female figure Luba/Zela
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Zela

Represented seated, taking a determined posture, this female figure probably associated with initiation rites is topped by two lateral "comforters" behind a striped headband. A deep rib divides the forehead, extending to the bridge of the nose. Dense wood, beautiful patina of use, glossy, cracks of desiccation
Once subject to the Luba, then the Lundas, the Zela adopted many of their customs and traditions. Established between the Luvua River and Lake Kisalé, they are now 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. In addition to their powerful Mbudye society, the Zela also have a female initiation ...


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Luba / Zela zoomorphic mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Masque Zela

In the south-eastern region of Katanga, around the 1960s, the Zela Zela, long subject to the Lubas, from whom they borrowed their customs and rituals, carved animal masks, like the Lubas and the Kundas. In 1970 indeed, the kifwebe society was subjected to a transformation which was accompanied by new masks. In the Zela and Kundas groups, however, this type of mask was used in profane theatrical ceremonies featuring fairy tales. Matte granular patina. Old restorations of an ear and the contour.
Once subject to the Luba, then the Lundas, the Zela adopted many of their customs and traditions. Established between the Luvua River and Lake Kisalé, they are now organized into four chiefdoms under the supervision of leaders of Luba origin. They venerate a primordial couple frequently ...


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450.00





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