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Luba Hemba figure (N° 22055)

African Luba figure represented in an unconventional posture evoking a parturient, legs spread semi-flexed. His headdress is divided into three shells behind a wide headband revealing a shaved forehead. Scarifications in relief are inscribed on his bust. The umbilicus presents a prominence which also emphasizes its role of fertility and transmission of life. Among the Luba, on the other hand, the secrets of royalty (the bizila) were supposed to belong to women thanks to their role as political and spiritual intermediaries.

Beautiful patina of locally abraded brown seniority. Desication cracks.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river, thus 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 killed the old king Kongolo who has since been revered in the form of a python. In the 16th century they created a state, organized as a decentralized chiefdom, 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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OriginEx-Collection suisse
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm23
Width9 cm
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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