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Luba Mikisi figure (N° 18938)

This feminine effigy, a spiritual medium for the Lubas, has regular features in little relief in an ovoid face. Her headdress, behind a wide band revealing a shaved forehead, recalls the one worn by Luba women at the beginning of the 20th century. The attitude indicates that the secrets of royalty ( the bizila ) belong to women thanks to their role of political and spiritual intermediary. The prominent umbilicus symbolizes its role of fertility and transmission of life. Smooth, satiny patina. Cracks and erosions.
The Luba (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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Originex-collection Mercier
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm38
Width12 cm
Weight1.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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