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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 ..


Large Luba lid container
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The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-bearings and stools made up of a cariatidic figure. They also carved containers of different kinds. The chef's ritual objects, charms and other fetishes, were stored in this type of large cephalomorphic container with a lid. Fully hollowed out, this sculpture consists of a spherical volume depicting a head whose headdress forms the neck. A rope holds the lid on the side handles. Medium brown patina very slightly abraded. Height on a base: 54 cm.

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 ...


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Luba Kifwebe Mask
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This African mask has similarities to Songye masks. Semi-spherical, engraved with broad patterns in circles, it did not, however, 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. In the Luba, white is synonymous with the relationship with the spiritual world, by the evocation of the moon evoked by the circular shape of the object. The streaks would symbolize the underground from which the ...


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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 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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Luba Kifwebe Mask
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However, this rounded mask with similarities to the Songye masks 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. According to C. Faïk-Nzuji, "Bifwebe" (Sing.: kifwebe) would mean, according to C. Faïk-Nzuji, "ching death". Worn with a voluminous raffia collar that concealed the dancer, this mask was usually danced in the company of a zoomorphic mask. In the Luba, white is synonymous with the relationship with the spiritual world, by the evocation of the moon evoked by the circular shape of the object. The globular eyelids are hollowed out, like the nostrils and mouth. Parallel stripes are ...


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Lukasa Luba mnemonic board
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This slightly curved tablet is surmounted by a protective effigy supposed to embody an ancestor communicating with the guardian spirits, 'mvidye', intermediate between the spiritual world and individuals, which can also embody the spirits of nature among the Luba of Kasai. The motifs engraved on the tray, and especially here a hunting scene, are linked to a mnemonic proverb or code associated with the myths, origins and precepts 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 clan's migrations, etc.
Nene brown velvety matte, slightly abraded areas. Height on pedestal: 36cm
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Luba ceremonial water pipe
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Set on the stove of a water pipe, this sculpture depicting the female ancestor Luba, a spiritual medium associated with royalty, features a cross-haired hairstyle behind a broad headband that reveals a shaved forehead. The tiara is indeed extended by a sophisticated hairstyle that was composed of braids and copper wires. The so-called 'epi' scarifications, the tactile mnemonic code, cover the abdomen and lower abdomen, directing the gaze towards the protruding umbilical. The attitude, hands placed on the chest, implies that the secrets of royalty (the bizila) belong to women through their role as political and spiritual intermediaries.
Satin brown Patine. Height on a base: 36 cm.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, ...


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Luba statue carrying cup
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Sculpted in the style of the workshop of the Master of Buli, this figure embodies a crouching medium equipped with 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 who followed during the rituals also used it. The eyelids of the characters embodying the spirits are invariably closed, giving them a peaceful interiority.  The woman is depicted wearing a tiara, like the neighbouring Hemba, separating the shaved forehead from the oiled hair. These were collected in a structure built around a copper wire frame. These statuettes were ritually ...


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Dignitary cane Kibango Luba
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Among the emblems of prestige this type of scepter of luba dignitary. He was grounded at inauguration ceremonies and other important rituals. True sources of information about their owners and local history, the sceptres have a varied iconography. The wide part at the top, the dibulu, under the sculpted female figure referring to royalty, represents the administrative centre of each royal capital and bears motifs engraved with parallel lines forming diamonds. These drawings can be found on the mnemonic boards lukasa referring to Luba's political and spiritual history. The cane is divided into several sections engraved with geometric patterns meant to evoke the uninhabited savannahs and roads leading to the kingdom or the chiefdom. Incarnate deceased parents bakishi or spirits bavidye , ...


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Statuette Mikisi Luba
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With her hands placed on her shoulders, this female effigy luba, a spiritual medium, has regular features inscribed in an ovoid face. Her headdress, behind a wide 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. Checkerboard scarifications forming diamonds on the abdomen, horizontal on the lower abdomen, dot her bust. The umbilical has a prominence that also emphasizes its role of fertility and transmission of life. Smooth, satin patina. Desication cracks.
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Pilon de divination Luba Kalundwe Lubuko
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The soothsayers of the western part of the Luba Empire used drumsticks to crush the kaolin mpemba stined at divination ceremonies. This cephalomorphic sculpture called lubuko features finely sculpted features under a shaving forehead and a hairstyle composed of multiple buns. The lower end forming a wider base is wrapped in skin surrounded by copper wire. Patina lustrous by gripping. Desication cracks.
The cups mboko, gourds containing the kaolin whose face of the soothsayer and initiates was coated, formed an image of purity and the spiritual world. These containers were used by different Luba societies, and groups of prophets, more generally by the psychics of the divination society Kilumbu, Bilumbu, or by the healers of the society Buhabo. The soothsayers Mbudye and the ...

Luba Kifwebe talisman mask
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This miniature African mask was made from the fruit of the gourd. This type of mask was worn like a talisman. The absence of a crest here indicates that this African mask ("kikashi ") embodies a female spirit or ancestor, although it is still worn by men. The large copies were worn 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 eyes are hollowed out, the toothed mouth forms a quadrangle. Natural patina. Height on a base: 20 cm.
These rather rare masks of the Luba are frequently confused with those of Songye and their neighbours. The streaks ...


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Luba Cup Carrier
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The divination cups in African tribal art

Statue depicting a woman in a kneeling position wearing the cup mboko , a calabash filled with kaolin, symbolizing purity and the spiritual world, and whose visitors to the king were doused out of respect. 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 bust of this female figure sports the diamond scarifications that the Luba love, while a complex headdress recalls that formed of braids organized around metal structure. His eyelids are closed in a delicately patterned face, giving him a peaceful interiority. According to P.Nooter these figures represented the wife of the ...


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Luba Cup Carriers
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Divination cuts in African tribal art.

Figures sculpted face to face in a seated position on either side of a deep hollowed-out cup mboko , calabash that was filled with kaolin, symbolizing purity and the spiritual world, and which the king's visitors supported themselves out of respect. 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. 
One of the subjects has the so-called 'cascading' headdress of the 'shankadi' type. According to P.Nooter, these characters represented the soothsayer's wife, underscoring her importance in the process of divination bilumbu . A deep orifice was practiced in one of the headdresses ...


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Mask zoomoprhe Luba Mukisi a kukaya
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This large, rather rare mask depicting a night owl was worn in the company of a circular kifwebe mask accessorized with a voluminous raffia collar that concealed the dancer. 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.
Shout the Luba the white is synonymous with the relationship with the spiritual world and the moon, which also evokes the circular shape of the object. Pupils in the centre of large circular orbits are hollowed out; the small erect ...

Luba Cup-bearing statuette
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Female figure with a hemispheric container mboko, calabash filled with kaolin, image of purity and spiritual world. These containers were used by different Luba societies, and groups of prophets, more generally by the psychics of the divination society Kilumbu, Bilumbu, or by the healers of the society Buhabo. The soothsayers Mbudye also used it. It was a matter, individually or collectively, of consulting the spirits of the ancestors through specialists. Oiled dark patina. The mouth is abraded.
Selon P. Nooter, these figures, seated or kneeling as appropriate, also represented the soothsayer's wife, underscoring her importance in the process of divination bilumbu . According to some Lubas, however, although a woman, she would represent the first soothsayer Luba, and would also be ...


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Luba Kifwebe Mask
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Semi-spherical, engraved with large circular motifs, this African mask has similarities to the Songye masks. 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. In the Luba, white is synonymous with the relationship with the spiritual world, by the evocation of the moon evoked by the circular shape of the object. The edges have holes.
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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. 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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Statuette Luba
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Ovoid face with regular features for this delicate statuette. The attitude, hands on the chest, would form an allusion to fertility, also associated with royal secrets. This posture indicates that the secrets of royalty, bizila, belong to women through their role as political and spiritual intermediaries. She is depicted wearing a detracting tiara from a sophisticated hairstyle made of braids and copper threads behind a forehead largely cleared by traditional shaving. The so-called 'epi' scarifications, the tactile mnemonic code, cover the abdomen and lower abdomen, directing the gaze towards the protruding umbilical. This type of figure was also used in fertility rituals: young women lacking breast milk came to touch the chest of the statue in the hope of breastfeeding more abundantly. ...


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Short sword Luba
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Sword all sober, with a wooden handle and an oblong blade devoid of ornamentation. The metal has granular residues. Skate of use.
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 stretched from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory without a real border that includes no more than three villages. The king, mulopwe, occupied the highest place in a complex command ...


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Luba Shankadi neck support
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The Shankadi belong to the Luba group, and have the same associations and structures. Their mostly realistic statuary is characterized by spectacular hairstyles, a smooth surface, lower limbs of lesser size. The hairstyle "en cascade" illustrates one of the different braided compositions fashionable in Zaire in the 1800s, highlighting the social status of the wearer. The female effigy symbolizes Luba royalty, the neck supports were also used to support the heads of the deceased, and sometimes, according to Albert Maesen, buried in their place. Hot brown oiled patina, ochre residue.
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