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Luba figure (N° 21739)

Female figure with the cylindrical container mboko , which is generally 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 society. Buhabo . It was a question, individually or collectively, of consulting the spirits of the ancestors through specialists. This type of cup also played a role in the investiture of King Luba.
According to P. Nooter, these figures also represented the diviner's wife, which underlines her importance in the bilumbu divination process. According to some Luba however, although a woman, she would represent the first diviner Luba, and would also be an allegory of royalty linked to the powerful society of Mbudye associated with royal power.
("Luba" Roberts; "Luba", F.Neyt.) Shiny brown patina, breaks at the cuffs.

Litt. : "Luba" ed. 5Continents.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyLuba
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, cauris
Height cm30
Width9 cm
Weight0.90 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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