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Sanza figurative Luba/Zela (N° 18947)
Widespread in Central Africa, this musical instrument or sanza consists of a resonance box on which metal blades have been arranged in parallel. The thumbs of both hands will lean on the soundboard to vibrate the front ends of the tongues. In Zaire, however, where all the fingers are used as for the piano, groups of instruments play on complementary registers. Satin golden brown patina, abrasions.
Formerly subject to the Luba, then the Lundas, the Zela adopted many of their customs and traditions. Established between the Luvua River and Lake Kisalé, they are now organized in four chiefdoms under the supervision of leaders of Luba origin. They venerate a primordial couple frequently represented in the statuary, mythical ancestors, and dedicate offerings to the spirits of nature.
Luba , Roberts, 5 Continents ; "Treasures of Africa" ed. of the Museum of Tervuren; "100 people of Zaire" M.L.Félix ).
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