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The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa, established in the region of Lualaba, as the Hemba and Songye ..


Oracle de divination Luba / Songye Katatora
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This African sculpture is a tool that was used by the diviner during divination rituals in order to establish, according to him, contact with the ancestors. Including the category of objects nkisi , nkishi , it is supposed to be endowed with a secret power, receptacle of spiritual energy. The Luba, like their Songye neighbors, use this type of objects related to divination, called kashekesheke, named katatora and lubuko. According to François Neyt, the object was carved in a wood ( kibekwasa )with magical properties. During the interview, the ring was caught by the diviner and his client, who would slide it on a mat or a headrest in response to the questions asked ( producing the sound "kashekesheke", "extraction of truth"). The figurative motif here is a miniature of the female mask ...

Luba animal mask
African art > African mask > Luba Mask

Small african mask unusual, of reduced volume, showing a volatile. In its larger version, it was worn in the company of a circular kifwebe mask accessorized with a voluminous raffia collar that concealed the dancer. This type of mask forms a fetish sculpture with a protective purpose. These masks occurred during different traditions: investitures, funerals, and rites against witchcraft in the various initiation societies. In the eastern part of the Luba region, important ceremonies are held in tribute to the clan's ancestors, deceased chiefs, and the new moon. Offerings are then granted to the spirits of nature, intermediate between the group and the ancestors. Height on a base: 31 cm.
Shout the Luba the white is synonymous with the relationship with the spiritual world and the ...


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Tabouret caryatide Luba/ Hemba Lupona / Kipona
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Kneeling and supporting the circular tray of a seat, a female figure forms the receptacle of a deceased sovereign leader (Luba, Roberts). The scarifications of the female figure, protruding, on spikes, surround the umbilical, the centre of the world. associated with lineage, and those of the lower abdomen, horizontal, symbolize fertility. This stool named lupona , or kioni or kipona, kiona, according to the sources, constitutes the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and protective spirits and ancestors, where symbolically and spiritually past and present mingle. It was once the seat on which the king was inducted mulopwe. The seats were arranged on leopard skins at the inauguration of the new leader. It was only after sitting there that his address was royal and divine. Apart ...

Large Luba Kifwebe mask
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A globular African mask with parallel streaks that adopts certain features of the Songye masks of the Kifwebe, including the stretched eyelids and the geometric mouth in projection. However, it did not have the same function. This category of rather rare African masks are named 'bifwebe'. They appeared at funerals and investitures. They performed during the ritual ceremonies of the society kazanzi , charged with fighting witchcraft. " Bifwebe (Sing.: kifwebe) would mean, according to C. Faïk-Nzuji, 'chasing death'. Worn with a voluminous raffia collar that concealed the dancer, this mask was usually danced in the company of a zoomorphic mask. Velvety mate patina. Cracks.
Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of ...


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Luba Shankadi Headrest
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African art > Head rest > Luba Headrest

The Luba are renowned for their refined statuary and famous in particular for their neck rests and stools made up of a caryatid figure. The seated figures, embraced, leaning on their feet, symbolize Luba royalty. The neck rests protecting the headdresses during the night were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The figures embody the spirit of an ancestor, vidiye and have a cascading hairstyle in the Shankadi style. Oiled patina, orange reflections, residual ochre inlays. The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river, hence the name (Baluba, which means "the Lubas"). They were born from a secession of the Songhoy ...


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Luba Shankadi neck support
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The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck rests and stools made up of a caryatid figure. The feminine effigy adorning this neckrest, which is supposed to preserve the complex headdress of its owner, refers to Luba royalty. Neck rests were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The spirit figure, with a cascading Shankadi style headdress, is shown in a squatting position, hands on hips. Dark glossy patina, cracked desiccation, ochre residues.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river, hence the name (Baluba, which means "the Lubas"). They were born from a secession of the Songhoy ethnic ...


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Masquette figurative Luba
African art > African mask > Luba Mask

Among the Luba, it is the initiation ceremonies that essentially authorize masked manifestations. The kaolin whose mask is coated is associated with the divine, the light, the moon, but also with cassava flour and the ancestors. This reduced version, of a realistic type, could be a variant of the masks kifwebe that the Songye share. Very diverse according to the regions, Luba art expressed itself through a sculpture often imbued with serenity. Essentially originating from the banks of the Lualaba River, from the areas around Lake Upemba, and from the east of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, this tribal art was intended to strengthen the political power of chiefs, to enhance royalty and to recall the Luba epic. Throughout their migration, the Luba came into contact with ...


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Luba Cup-bearing statuette
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Asaned in order to present the hollowed-out gourd mboko which was filled with kaolin whose visitors to the king were silently symbolizing purity and the spiritual world, this female figure offers a delicately modeled face. According to P.Nooter these figures represented the soothsayer's wife, which underlines its importance in the process of divination bilumbu
The healers of the society Buhabo and the soothsayers Mbudye also used it.
On some Luba though a woman, she would represent the first soothsayer Luba, and would also be an allegory of royalty linked to the powerful society of the Mbudye associated with royal power. Patine mate.

Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu ...


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Ritual rattle Luba / Hemba Kabwelulu
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Ritual object used during divination sessions, consisting of three small superimposed gourds surmounted by a male bust figure evoking the mediating spirit. Seeds and elements named bijimba with magical virtues, were introduced into dried fruits, producing a sound when the object is shaken. These sculptures bankishi (sing. nkishi) were used as part of the bugabo , a society dedicated to hunting, healing and war. Dark satin patina.
The Hemba have long been subject to the neighbouring Luba empire, which has had a definite influence on their culture, religion and art. The cult of ancestors is central to hemba society. Genealogy is indeed the guarantor of the privileges and distribution of land. All aspects of the community are imbued with the authority of the ancestors. Thus, they are ...

Luba Kifwebe Mask
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According to some authors, round streak masks are an ancient form of the Luba kifwebe, such as this more recent copy, whose design is similar to the songye kifwebe. According to Julien Volper, however, the two types existed together from the beginning of the 20th century in the Katompe region. Painted in contrasting colours, it has some erosion on the contours. They performed during the ritual ceremonies of the society kazanzi , charged with fighting witchcraft. " Bifwebe (Sing.: kifwebe) would mean, according to C. Faïk-Nzuji, 'chasing death'.
Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically 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 ...


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Luba Kifwebe Mask
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This type of African luba mask with a rounded structure has similarities with the masks of the Songye. They did not, however, serve the same function. This category of African masks are called "bifwebe. They appeared at funerals and investitures. Abraded matte patina.


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Luba/Zela zoomorphic mask
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In the south-eastern region of Katanga, around the 1960s, the Zela, who had long been subject to the Lubas from whom they borrowed their customs and rites, carved animal masks, following the example of 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. Polychrome matt patina.


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Headrest Luba Shankadi
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Ex-collection German African art.

The Luba are renowned for their refined statuary and famous in particular for their neck rests and stools made of a caryatid figure. The seated figures, interlaced, one of them leaning on the knees of the second, symbolize Luba royalty. The neck rests protecting the headdresses during the night were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The figures embody the spirit of an ancestor, vidiye and have a cascading hairstyle in the Shankadi style. Warm brown patina, residual ochre inlays. The Luba (Baluba in tchiluba) are a people from Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river, hence the name (Baluba, which means "the Lubas"). ...


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Statuette Luba Mikisi
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A female figure in Luba, a protective effigy embodying a political and spiritual intermediary, a role held by women in Luba royalty. Her headdress, behind a broad headband revealing a shaved forehead, is related to that worn by Luba women at the beginning of the 20th century. Through its symbolic gesture it indicates that the secrets of royalty (the bizila) belong to women through their role as political and spiritual intermediaries. The scarifications in relief on the abdomen, horizontal on the lower abdomen, dot his bust. The umbilical has a prominence that also emphasizes its role of fertility and transmission of life. The Luba consider the efficiency of their sculpted objects according to the refinement of the latter. Satin black brown matte patina. Lack on the back of the base.


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Luba figurative mask
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Among the Luba, it is the initiation ceremonies that essentially authorize masked manifestations. The kaolin whose mask is coated is associated with the divine, the light, the moon, but also with cassava flour and the ancestors. This reduced version, of a realistic type, could be a variant of the masks kifwebe that the Songye share. Very diverse according to the regions, Luba art expressed itself through a sculpture often imbued with serenity. Essentially originating from the banks of the Lualaba River, from the areas around Lake Upemba, and from the east of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, this tribal art was intended to strengthen the political power of chiefs, to enhance royalty and to recall the Luba epic. Throughout their migration, the Luba came into contact with ...


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Statue Luba
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This feminine figure of African art, with a slender and serene look, has a thin and symmetrical face, it is a Luba statue. The eyes in coffee beans its half closed. The finely chiseled headdress is pulled back and classically divided into four parts.
The flexed arms cause the hands to rest on the prominent abdomen.

The Luba ( Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically 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 killed the old king Kongolo, who has since been revered as a python. In the 16th century they created a state, organized in a decentralized chiefdom, which ...


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Luba rattle
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Ex collection Of Belgian African art. Exhibit collected 'in situ' 1949.

Thusit is a luba rattle consisting of three hollowed-out gourds placed on a stem surmounted by a small monoxyle figure placed on a circular base.

The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River, hence 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 killed the old king Kongolo, who has since been revered as a python.
In the 16th century, the Luba created a decentralized, organized state of chiefdom stretching from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika.
The chiefdoms cover a small territory without a real ...


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Luba Mikisi figure
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Playing the role of spiritual medium, this female luba figure is represented in a classical attitude, hands on the chest. Her headdress, behind a wide band revealing a shaved forehead, is related to the one worn by Luba women at the beginning of the 20th century. By her symbolic gesture she indicates that the secrets of royalty ( the bizila )belong to women thanks to their role of political and spiritual intermediary. The scarifications in relief on the abdomen, horizontal on the lower abdomen, scatter her bust. The umbilicus presents a prominence that also insists on its role of fertility and transmission of life. Matt dark brown patina. Crack of desiccation in the back.
The Luba (Baluba in tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely ...


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Luba animal mask
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Small African mask of reduced volume representing a bird. In its larger version, it was worn with a circular kifwebe mask accessorized with a voluminous raffia collar that concealed the dancer. This type of mask forms a fetish sculpture with a protective purpose. These masks occurred during different traditions: investitures, funerals, and rites against witchcraft in the different initiatory societies. In the eastern part of the Luba region, important ceremonies take place in homage to the ancestors of the clan, deceased chiefs, and to the new moon. Offerings are then made to nature spirits, who act as intermediaries between the group and the ancestors. Height on plinth: 32 cm.


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Luba Seat
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Sacredness of the carved seats, regalia of prestige, in the primitive African art.
This seat whose back is made up of a maternity figure is named lupona ,or kioni ,kipona , kiona , depending on the source. It symbolizes the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and the protecting spirits and ancestors, where past and present spiritually mingle. It once formed the foundation on which the king was enthroned. The seats were laid out on leopard skins when the new chief was inaugurated. It was only after he sat down that his address took on a royal and divine character. Other than in exceptional circumstances, the seats were not used and were stored in secret locations.
Dark brown patina. Erosions and slight lacks.
The cradle of the Luba (Baluba in chiluba) ...


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Cup carrier Luba Shankadi
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A kneeling female figure with a hemispheric container mboko , a gourd that was filled with kaolin, an image of purity and the spiritual world. These containers were used by different Luba societies, and groups of prophets, more generally by the mediums of the society of divination Kilumbu, Bilumbu , or by the healers of society Buhabo . The soothsayers Mbudye also used it. It was a matter, individually or collectively, to consult the spirits of the ancestors through specialists.
Red brown orange skate. Erosions, cracks on the cut.
According to P. Nooter, these figures, seated or kneeling as appropriate, also represented the soothsayer's wife, underscoring her importance in the divination process bilumbu . According to some Lubas, however, although a woman, she would represent ...


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