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Luba Lupona Caryatide Seat (N° 17423)
The sanctity of sculpted foundations, regalia of prestige, in early African art.
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This seat depicting a crouching female figure, supporting the tray of a circular seat, forms the receptacle of a deceased sovereign leader (Luba, Roberts). The protruding scarifications converging on the umbilical, the 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 past and present mingle. It was once the seat on which the king was inducted. 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.
. Xylophage prints. Restorations on the seat with eroded contours, and on the base. (aluminum leaf).
The cradle of the Luba (Baluba in tchiluba) is the Katanga, specifically the Lubu River region. They were born from a secession of the Songhoy ethnic group. In the 16th century they created a state, organized into decentralized chiefdoms, 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.
Source Africa, The Art of a Continent Ed. Prestel Luba F. Neyt.
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|Origin||ex-collection E. Caldwell - USA|
|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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