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Luba Stool (N° 22019)
The caryatid "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief" (Luba, Roberts) supporting the top of this stool named lupona, or kioni or kipona, kiona, has been treated in an unusual schematic way. The ovoid head, blind, offers summary features. This seat once formed the seat on which King mulopwe was enthroned. The seats were arranged on leopard skins during the investiture of the new leader. Only after sitting there did his speech take on a royal and divine character. Apart from these exceptional circumstances, the seats were not used and remained stored in undisclosed locations.
Speckled dark brown patina, orange luster on the top. Indigenous restoration under the base (metal clip) Cracks and erosions.
The cradle of the Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River. They were born of a secession from the Songhoy ethnic group. In the 16th century they created a state, organized in decentralized chiefdoms, which stretched from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory without any real border which includes at most three villages.
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Source "Africa, The Art of a Continent" ed. Prestel; "Luba" F. Neyt.