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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 ..


Luba Lupona caryatide seat
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Kneeling, a female effigy, "recepacle of a deceased sovereign leader" (Luba, Roberts) supports the circular tray resting on its cylindrical headdress. The protruding scarifications in the ears converging on the umbilical, "centre of the world" associated with lineage, those of the lower abdomen, the fullness of volumes, 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 intermingle past and present. It once formed the foundation upon which the king mulopwe was inducted. Seats were arranged on leopard skins at the inauguration of the new leader. It was only after sitting there that his speech took on a ...


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Cup carrier Luba Shankadi
African art > African Statues > Statue Luba

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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Little mask Luba Kifwebe
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This miniature mask was made in the fruit of the gourd. This type of mask was worn like a talisman. The absence of a crest indicates here that this African mask ("kikashi ") embodies a female spirit or ancestor, although it is still worn by men. The large copies were accessorized with a voluminous raffia collar that concealed the dancer. The mask was usually danced in the company of a zoomorphic mask. In the Luba, white is synonymous with the relationship with the spiritual world and the moon, which is also evoked by the circular shape of the object. The almond eyes are hollowed out, the toothed mouth forms a broad rictus. Natural ochre skate. These rather rare Luba masks are frequently confused with those of the Songye and their neighbours. The streaks would return to the same symbolism, ...


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Luba neck support
African art > Head rest > Luba neck support

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-rests and stools made up of a cariatid figure. The symbolic figures adorning this neck support to preserve the complex headdress of its owner refer to the luba royalty, to its feminine and masculine part. But the neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The characters leaning on their hands, with a sophisticated hairstyle, and embodying spirits, are depicted pressing with their feet the knee of the one facing them. This attitude has symbolic value. Smooth patina dark brown mahogany. The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name ...


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Luba 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 cariatid figure. In this case it is a couple side by side. The neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The figures of spouses supporting the stage, with a sophisticated hairstyle, and embodying spirits, are depicted standing. Black brown patina barely satin. Base split frontally.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Luba neck support
African art > Head rest > Tabouret Luba

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-rests and stools made up of a cariatid figure. The symbolic figures adorning this neck support to preserve the complex headdress of its owner refer to the Luba royalty. But the neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. The characters leaning on their hands, with a sophisticated hairstyle, and embodying spirits, are represented in a face to face with arms and outstretched legs. Medium brown matted patina. The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Luba Cutting Carrier
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African art > African Statues > Statue Luba

This cult statuette, sculpted in the style of BuliU's "master, embodies a clairvoyant wearing a gourd or cut mboko , which was filled with kaolin, and which symbolized purity and the spiritual world.  These containers were used by different Luba societies, more generally by the mediums of the divination society Kilumbu, Bilumbu, or by the healers of the society Buhabo .  The soothsayers Mbudye also used it. The eyelids of the characters embodying the spirits are invaribally closed in a delicately shaped face, giving them a peaceful interiority.  The kneeling figure wears a tiara separating the shaved forehead from the oiled hair. These were collected in a structure built around a copper wire frame. Scarifications cover his back. These statuettes were ritually oiled in homage to the ...


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Luba Figure
African art > African Statues > Luba statue

In the Luba, the female representations are characterized by the permanence of a morphology with stretched limbs, such as this sculpture of woman sitting with legs and arms outstretched, going about one of many daily occupations, such as kneading a vegetable paste. Lacking the classic scarifications, however, it is depicted wearing, among the infinite variety of tyles of luba hairstyles, of hair coated with palm oil, topped in a building of layered bulges, like the hair adornments of the Luba Waholoholo, (Holoholo) subgroup, of the Lake Tanganyika region.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Cup carrier Luba Shankadi
African art > African Statues > Statue Luba

This female figure with a tiered hairstyle has a mboko" , calabash that was filled with kaolin, symbolizing purity and the spiritual world. These containers were used by different Luba societies, more generally by the mediums of the divination society Kilumbu, Bilumbu, or by the healers of the society Buhabo . The soothsayers Mbudye also used it. The faces of these characters embodying the guardian spirits show a peaceful interiority. According to P.Nooter these figures also represented the soothsayer's wife, which underlines its importance in the divination process bilumbu . According to some Luba, however, although 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. ...


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Couple primordial Luba
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br-Sceptres, statuettes of ancestors, objects of divination in the primitive art of the Luba
The Luba were mainly established in the Upemba valley and along the banks of the Lualaba.This couple of androgynous figures, with long arms and legs intertwined, face each other. A tiara with losangic motifs delimits a deliberately shaved forehead. These statuettes were ritually oiled in homage to the ancestors. Erosions. Dark skate. According to P. Nooter these figures also represented the soothsayer's wife, which underlines its importance in the divination process bilumbu .  According to some Luba, however, although 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. This ...


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Luba neck support
African art > Head rest > Luba neck support

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck rests and stools made up of a cariatid figure holding, with the help of arms and skull, a circular seat. The symbolic figures adorning this neck support to preserve the complex hairstyle of its owner refer to the luba royalty. They are depicted entwined in a face-to-face. Light brown satin skate.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Statuette Luba
African art > African Statues > Fetish Luba

This male figure, seated and supporting his chin of his graceful limbs, offers a meditative appearance. She would be an ancestor. Created in order to communicate with the guardian spirits, this sculpture was part of the U-002mvidye", intermediaries between the spiritual world and individuals, which can also embody the spirits of nature in the Luba of Kasai. The top of the head dispode dispode of crusty residues, presumably of an ancient magic load. Dark brown satin patina. Abrasions of use.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River, so the name (Baluba, which means \


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Statuette Mikisi Luba
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African art > African Statues > Fetish Luba

Supporting her chest with her hands placed in shells, this feminine effigy luba, spiritual medium, has delicate, regular features inscribed in an ovoid face. Its headdress, behind a large headband revealing a shaved forehead, is related to that worn by Luba women at the beginning of the 20th century. Her attitude reminds us that the secrets of royalty (the bizila) belong to women through their role as political and spiritual intermediaries. The checkerboard scarifications forming diamonds 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. Smooth, sained skate. Slight cracks.
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Luba / Hemba comb
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African art and figuratively patterned combs from Central Africa
African tribal art proves once again that any everyday object can become an artistic medium. The decorative aspect of an object is never its intrinsic function. In African art, everyday objects can be transformed into a masterpiece while maintaining its usefulness.
The major role played by women in the political life of the kingdom is illustrated by the recurrence of the female motif in Luba art. The latter, which stood out for its prestige and quality, therefore greatly influenced the neighbouring groups. A female ancestor figure forms the handle of this comb shared in fourteen teeth.
The effigy is depicted with a straight back, legs bent, belly bulging forward. Hands are placed on the breasts, a symbolic ...


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Luba Lupona caryatide seat
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Tribal art collection put up for sale by Jan Putteneers.

Adland of sculpted foundations, regalia of prestige, in the primitive African art.
This female effigy of an ancestor, "recepacle of a deceased sovereign leader" (Luba, Roberts) supports with his fingers fanned the circular tray resting on his cylindrical headdress. The protruding scarifications in the ear converging towards the umbilical, "centre of the world" associated with lineage, those of the lower abdomen, the fullness of volumes, testify to notions of fertility. This stool named lupona, or kioni, kipona, kiona , according to the sources, constitutes the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and protective spirits and ancestors, where symbolically and spiritually intermingle past and present . It once ...


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Sacred Writing Luba Lukasa
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A plateau on which different beads are inserted on either side of a line composed of four small conical reliefs, all forming a drawing evoking a proverb or a mnemonic code associated with the myths and origins of Luba royalty. This object allowed followers of the Mbudye to transmit during codified rituals, through stories and songs, the genealogy of the founding heroes, the history of the migrations of the clan, etc.
The head of a graceful neck is capped with a quad-lobed bun that develops behind a large checkered headband, which would symbolize the directions of the universe and the meeting place of spirits. A primordial symbol of wisdom and spiritual life, the head is a recurring image in the iconography of African peoples, especially since it is presented here with a hair ...


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Luba Mask
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Accompanied by a voluminous raphia collar that concealed the dancer, this relatively rare African mask often mistaken for those of the neighbouring Songye was usually danced in the company of a zoomorphic mask. A raised ridge joining the nose divides this mask. The mouth is protruding, the eyelids half-closed, hollowed out. Two-tone patina. Lack on the contours. The moon, a star of importance among the Luba, is evoked by the circular shape of the object, the streaks to the tunnels and lairs meantn to the spirit world. Named Kifwebe (" , according to C. Faïk-Nzuji) these masks appeared at the funerals of dignitaries or rites of social transition. According to Julien Volper, however, these masks belong to the company bukasandji . The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central ...


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Luba Shankadi neck support
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African art > Head rest > Luba headrest

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-rests and stools made up of a cariatid figure. The symbolic figures adorning this neck support to preserve the complex headdress of its owner refer to the Luba royalty. But the neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. Characters with cascading hairstyles and spirits are depicted with arms and legs stretched in a face-to-face. The leg posture on that of the other indicates an agreement between individuals. Light brown satin skate. The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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Oracle of divination Luba
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African art collection put up for sale by Jan Putteneers.
This African cephalomorphic sculpture is a means of communication with ancestors, used by the soothsayer during divination rituals. Incorporating the category of objects nkisi, nkishi, it is supposed to be endowed with a secret power, receptacle of a spiritual energy. Luba , like their neighbors, use this type of object related to the divination kashekesheke named katatora and lubuko . According to François Neyt, the object was carved from wood ( kibekwasa ) with magical properties.
During the interview, the ring was caught by the soothsayer and his client, who dragged it on a mat or headrest in response to the questions asked (producing the sound "kashekeke", "extraction of the truth"). Considered feminine, the ...


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Katanga Handa Croisette
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African art > African Currencies > Katanga Currency

The first coins Handa , also named Lukanu, or copper crucifixes, The Katanga , or cross of Saint Andrew , appear in the 13th century in tombs throughout the Shaba region, at the same time as the cainis and p glass paste, also used as a means of payment. Although associated with funeral rituals, during the 18th and 19th centuries, they were the tax that copper-producing regions owed to the Lunda Empire, a territory covering Katanga, northern Zambia and eastern Angola. Arab merchants also used it in trade routes stretching from Kenya to eastern Angola. Hungarian ethnologist Torday found that 3 to 5 of these crucifixes ranging from 0.275 to 2 kg were needed to acquire a male slave and 5 to 10 for a woman.
They were used until the 1920s when they were used to obtain poultry, cloths, ...


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Kabwelulu Luba Figure
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Considered as a "bankishi" ", this tribal statue would be endowed with powerful magical and apotropaic powers in Luba culture. These objects come in different forms, including this female figure fixed from the bust in a calabash whose base is recessed and rests on a wicker strapping. The headdress of the character, consisting of a diadem and braided bun worn in the neck, evokes the hairstyles of women Luba in the early twentieth century. Her position, hands near the breasts, reminds that the secrets of royalty belong to women through their role as political and spiritual intermediary. Her abdomen is carved with diamond patterns, essential criteria of beauty. A cord of vegetable fibers, rolled on the top of the fruit, forms a loincloth in the ...


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