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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 ..


Mnemonic board Luba Lukasa
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This tablet with curved edges is surmounted by a head 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 drawings, colours and layout of the inlays of the plateau are linked to a mnemonic proverb or code associated with the myths, origins and precepts of Luba royalty. This multi-interpretation object allowed followers of the Mbudye to transmit during codified rituals, through stories and songs, the genealogy of the founding heroes, the history of clan migrations, certain codes of the kingdom, etc. H. on pedestal: 37 cm.
Nene brown velvety matte, slightly abraded areas. Height on pedestal: 36cm
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Mask Mukisi a kukaya Luba Kifwebe
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Parallel, bleached engravings are dug on this luba mask depicting a rooster with a bifide beak. These lines would symbolize the stripes of the antelope, the galleries emrpunted by the founding spirits of the company Bukishi , or the labyrinth that the initiates must go through. The Bukishi is a society of social and judicial control. Desication cracks, abrasions. Patina polychrome mate.
This type of zoomorphic mask kifwebe (sg.: bifwebe) comes from the Luba Upemba established on the banks of the Lualaba and on the shores of Lake Upemba. They have carved figures and insignia of prestige, but also, like the Luba of the east, anthropomorphic and zoomorphic masks. These masks performed in various ceremonies: investitures, funerals, and rituals against witchcraft in the various ...

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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Statuette Luba Mikisi mihake
African art > African Statues > Statuette Luba

This sculpted luba figure is loaded with therapeutic ingredients introduced by the sorcerer at the top of the head. An orifice is indeed present on the skull. The Luba consider the efficiency of their sculpted objects according to the refinement of the latter. This protective effigy embodies a political and spiritual intermediary, a role held by women in Luba royalty. The umbilical has a prominence that also emphasizes its role of fertility and transmission of life. Erosions, satin semi-mate patina, ochre pigments.
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 ...


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Luba Kifwebe Mask
African art > African mask > Luba Mask

A semi-spherical mask, streaked with polychrome ribs, it adopts certain elements of the Songye masks of the Kifwebe, including the stretched eyelids and the geometrically projection mouth. 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. 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 cephalomorphic game
African art > Usual african items > Awalé Luba

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This awalé game of the mancalas is adorned with a Luba head. This one is styled, behind the headband giving off his traditionally shaved forehead, a toque composed of large braided checkerboards. The apron is dug out of twenty-four alveoli, arranged in four parallel rows. Cores, seeds, pebbles and shells formed the pawns. The object can be laid flat or presented vertically. Powdery ochre patina. Abrasions and shrapnel. br


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Tabouret miniature Luba Lupona / Kipona
African art > African Chair > Tabouret Luba

A female effigy, receptacle of a deceased sovereign leader (Luba, Roberts) supports the circular tray resting on his headdress. Her attitude highlights the female genitalia associated with 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 from these exceptional circumstances, the seats were not used and remained stored in secret locations. Exceptional oiled patina spotted, ...

Head Luba
African art > African Statues > Head Luba

This fragment of luba sculpture offers a head without hairstyle, and details such as fingers at the ears. The figure was probably depicted crouching, arms folded on either side of the face, hands resting on the ears. These attitudes were those of dignitaries in familiar conversations. Erosions, dark grainy patina.
High on a base: 29 cm.

Luba settled mainly in the Upemba Valley and along the banks of the Lualaba.royal.This type of protective figures offering a meditative appearance would embody an ancestor communicating with the guardian spirits, 'mvidye', intermediaries between the spiritual world and individuals, and can also embody the spirits of nature among the Luba of Kasai and also the first soothsayer Luba. King Luba mulopwe dedunate his powers partially to local ...


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Ritual rattle Luba / Hemba Kabwelulu
African art > Usual african items > Kabwelulu Fetish

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 ...

Large Luba Kifwebe mask
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African art > African mask > Luba Mask

Semi-spherical mask, streaked with polychrome ribs, it has similarities with 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. Patine mate.
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 ...


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Luba Kifwebe Mask
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Semi-spherical mask, streaked with circular grooves, it adopts certain elements 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. Patine mate. The reddish mouth wood is eroded, as is the tip of the nose. Abrasions of use.
Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of ...


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

The Luba are renowned for their statuary and in particular their neck-bearings and stools made up of a cariatidic figure. The female effigy adorning this neck support to preserve the complex headdress of its owner refers to 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. The character embodying a spirit, endowed with a cascading hairstyle of the Shankadi tyle, is spotted in a crouching position, but on the hips. Velvety brown patina.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, specifically the Lubu River region, hence the name (Baluba, which means \


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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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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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Large Luba lid container
African art > African Jar > Pot Luba

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
African art > African mask > Luba Mask

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
Shest the Luba, the king, mulopwe, occupied the highest place in a ...


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Luba ceremonial water pipe
African art > pipe > Pipe Luba

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.
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