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Luba/ Shankadi Cup Carrier (N° 19036)
br>Sitting female figure, holding the hemispherical container mboko , gourd that was filled with kaolin, image of purity and the spiritual world. These vessels were used by different Luba societies, and groups of prophets, more generally by the mediums of the divination society Kilumbu, Bilumbu, or by the healers of the Buhabo society. Soothsayers from Mbudye also used them. The spirits of the ancestors were consulted, individually or collectively, through specialists.
Light brown patina. Erosions, light impacts on the face and cracks of desiccation.
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According to P. Nooter, these figures, sitting or kneeling as the case may be, also represented the diviner's wife, which underlines her importance in the divination process bilumbu . According to some Lubas, however, although a woman, she would represent the first Luba diviner, and would also be an allegory of royalty linked to the powerful society of the Mbudye associated with royal power. ("Luba" Roberts.)
The Lubas (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa.
Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely 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 had the old king Kongolo, venerated since then in the form of a python, die.
In the 16th century they created a state, organized as a decentralized chieftaincy, which extended from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory without real border that includes at most three villages.
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