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The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa, established in the region of Lualaba, as the Hemba and Songye ..


Luba statue
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Rare Luba statue of imposing size, standing on spread, semi-flexed legs. So-called "ear-shaped" scarifications, "tactile mnemonic code", cover the bust, enhancing the curves. This type of figure was also used in the context of fertility rituals: young women lacking breast milk came to touch the chest of the statue in the hope of breastfeeding more abundantly. These mothers then spoke audibly to the ancestor indicating that their grandchildren lacked milk. Dark satin patina.
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”). The chiefdoms cover a small territory without any real border which includes at most three villages. The Luba of Kasai were subjected to ...


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Statue Luba
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Ex-collection French African tribal art.
This sculpture depicting a woman whose pose, hands on her chest, would evoke fertility, is also associated with royal secrets. This attitude indicates that the secrets of royalty, bizila , belong to women through their role as political and spiritual intermediaries. She is pictured wearing a prolonged tiara of a sophisticated hairstyle of braids and copper threads behind a forehead largely cleared by the traditional shaving. The so-called Scarifications u-0022en epi", "tactile mnemonic code", cover the abdomen and lower abdomen, highlighting volumes and protruding umbilical. The speckled patina is velvety. The heavily altered base was attached to a wooden base.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle ...


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Awale Luba
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"Mboko cup-bearing" statues frame this game of the awalé type from the mancala family. The apron is hollowed out with twenty-four cells, laid out in four rows. Stones, seeds, pebbles or even shells formed the pawns. Matte light brown patina, abrasions and slight chips.


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Luba jar
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Luba container whose cephalomorphic neck is pierced with two holes. The plaited braid of the human motif elegantly rests on the upper part of the handle. The smooth sides are incised with decorative motifs, arranged in successive friezes.
Light golden brown slip.
The cradle of the Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu River. They were born of a secession from the Songhoy ethnic group. In the 16th century they created a state, organized in decentralized chiefdoms, which stretched from the Kasai River to Lake Tanganyika. The chiefdoms cover a small territory with no real border which includes at most three villages.
Source "Africa, The Art of a Continent" ed. Prestel; "Luba" F. Neyt.


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Luba Stool
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Tribal art > African Chair > Luba Stool

The caryatid "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief" (Luba, Roberts) supporting the top of this stool named lupona, or kioni or kipona, kiona, has been treated in an unusual schematic way. The ovoid head, blind, offers summary features. This seat once formed the seat on which King mulopwe was enthroned. The seats were arranged on leopard skins during the investiture of the new leader. Only after sitting there did his speech take on a royal and divine character. Apart from these exceptional circumstances, the seats were not used and remained stored in undisclosed locations. Speckled dark brown patina, orange luster on the top. Indigenous restoration under the base (metal clip) Cracks and erosions. The cradle of the Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) is Katanga, more precisely the region ...


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Luba mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Luba mask

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This large African mask features a spherical skull framed by horns curling forward. Small animal ears point to either side of large eye sockets and a human nose. A voluminous mouth develops on the lower partc.
Smooth, lustrous patina, abrasions and cracks.
These masks occurred in different traditions: investitures, funerals, and rites against witchcraft in the different initiatory societies. In the eastern part of the Luba region, important ceremonies are held in honor of the clan's ancestors, deceased chiefs, and the new moon. Offerings are then made to the spirits of nature, intermediaries between the group and the ancestors.


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Luba figure
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Tribal art > African Statues > Luba figure

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 ...


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Luba Hemba figure
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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 ...


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Fragment of a Luba Lupona stool
Tribal art > African Chair > Luba stool

Sacrality of the sculpted seats, prestige regalia, in primitive African art .
A female figure supporting the circular plate of a seat, forms the "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief" (Luba, Roberts). This stool named lupona , or kioni, kipona , kiona , according to the sources, constitutes the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and protective spirits and ancestors, where past and present are symbolically and spiritually mingled. It was once the seat on which the king was enthroned. The seats were arranged on leopard skins when the new leader was inaugurated. It was only after being seated there that his address assumed a royal and divine character. Apart from these exceptional circumstances, the seats were not used and remained stored in secret places. ...


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Luba Kifwebe mask
Tribal art > African mask > Luba mask

Emblematic of the sculpture of the Lubas of the east along the Luvua River (D.R.C.), this type of African mask of semi-globular structure presents similarities with the masks of the Songye. However, they did not have the same function. These African masks are called "bifwebe". They appeared during funerals and investitures. The surface is decorated with streaks coated with white clay. Two-tone patina.
These masks appeared during the ritual ceremonies of the kazanzi society, responsible for fighting witchcraft. "Bifwebe" (Sing.: kifwebe) would moreover mean, according to C. Faïk-Nzuji, "to chase death". Worn with a voluminous ruff of raffia and animal skins that concealed the dancer, these masks were generally danced in the company of a zoomorphic mask. For the Luba, white ...


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Luba Seat
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Tribal art > African Chair > Luba Seat

Sacredness of the carved seats, regalia of prestige, in the primitive African art. A severely stylized caryatid supports the circular tray. The female figure is the "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief"( Luba, Roberts). This tabouret named lupona ,or kioni ,kipona , kiona , depending on the source, constitutes the meeting point of the ruler, his people, and the protective spirits and ancestors, where past and present are symbolically and spiritually intermingled. It was once the seat on which the king was enthroned. The seats were placed on leopard skins during the investiture of the new chief. It was only after sitting on it that his speech took on a royal and divine character. Apart from these exceptional circumstances, the seats were not used and remained stored in secret ...


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Luba mask
Tribal art > African mask > Luba mask

Ex-collection Belgian African art. Rare mask with a spherical face surrounded by a collar, decorated with striated flat areas of contrasting colors. The grooves of the face could reproduce the facial paintings accompanying the initiation ceremonies. According to Marc Léo Félix, this type of mask was used during the gatherings of the bambudye, a Luba fraternity associated with power. Grainy matte patina locally chipped.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) 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 had the old king Kongolo, who has since been venerated in the form of a ...


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Luba Mikisi statue
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Tribal art > African Statues > Luba statue

ThisAfrican female Luba figureis depicted in a classical pose, hands on her chest. Her headdress , behind a wide band uncovering a traditionally shaven forehead, is similar to those worn by luba women in the early 20th century. Through her symbolic gesture she indicates that the secrets of royalty (the bizila) belong to women through their role as political and spiritual intermediaries. The raised scarifications dot her bust. Dark brown satin patina. Desiccation crack.
The Luba (Baluba in Tchiluba) 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 had the old king ...


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Luba Ceremonial Pipe
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Tribal art > African tribal pipes in wood or bronze > Pipe Luba

Belgian African art collection.
Represented in a crouching position on the stove of a water pipe made up of a gourd, this female figure luba, a spiritual medium, has an ovoid face with a meditative appearance. The object is lined with twisted copper wires. The headdress, behind a wide headband that reveals a shaved forehead evokes the hairstyles of Luba women at the beginning of the 20th century. The symbolic gesture, with hands placed on the chest, indicates that the secrets of royalty (the bizila) belong to women through their role as political and spiritual intermediaries.
T beautiful oiled patina with satin highlights.
Seed smoking, which was widely cultivated in the region, was widespread among the Luba for its therapeutic properties and social use. But medicinal or ...


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Luba Kifwebe mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Luba mask

This type of African Luba mask with a rounded structure has similarities with the Songye masks. However, they did not have the same function. This category of African masks is called "Bifwebe". They appeared during funerals and investitures. Abraded matt patina. Height on base: 42 cm.
Luba bifwebe masks appeared during ritual ceremonies of the kazanzi society, charged with combating magic for evil purposes. "Bifwebe" (Sing.: kifwebe) would moreover mean, according to C. Faïk-Nzuji, "to chase death". Worn with a voluminous raffia collar that concealed the dancer, this mask was generally danced in the company of a zoomorphic mask. For the Luba, white is synonymous with a relationship with the spiritual world, through the evocation of the moon that the circular shape of the ...


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Table/ stool Luba Hemba Lupona
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Tribal art > African Chair > Tabouret Lupona

Supporting with her fingers placed in a fan shape the circular tray of a seat, or of a shelf, the object can also be used as a pedestal table, a female figure forms the "receptacle of a deceased sovereign chief" (Luba, Roberts). The protruding scarifications, in ears, are scattered across the bust where the umbilicus forms the "center of the world" associated with the lineage, and on the lower abdomen, horizontal, they symbolize fertility. This stool named lupona ,or kioni or kipona , kiona , according to the sources, is the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and the protecting spirits and ancestors, where past and present symbolically and spiritually mingle. It once formed the foundation on which the king was enthroned. The seats were laid out on leopard skins when the new ...

Double figurative cut Luba Kiteya
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Female figures embodying spirits encircle a double cylindrical container mboko, which was usually filled with kaolin, an image of purity and the spiritual world. The whole is supported by an animal. 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, individually or collectively, to consult the spirits of the ancestors through specialists. This type of cup also played a role during the investiture of the Luba king.
Maroon patina encrusted with kaolin residues.
The Lubas (Baluba in Tchiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is Katanga, more precisely the region of the Lubu river, thus the ...

Luba/ Shankadi Cup Carrier
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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.
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, ...


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Luba Lupona Caryatide Seat
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The sanctity of sculpted foundations, regalia of prestige, in early African art.
This seat depicting a crouching female figure, supporting the tray of a circular seat, forms the receptacle of a deceased sovereign leader (Luba, Roberts). The protruding scarifications converging on the umbilical, the centre of the world associated with lineage, those of the lower abdomen, the fullness of volumes, testify to notions of fertility. This stool named lupona, or kioni, kipona, kiona, according to the sources, constitutes the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and protective spirits and ancestors, where symbolically and spiritually past and present mingle. It was once the seat on which the king was inducted. The seats were arranged on leopard skins at the inauguration of the new ...


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Luba Mikisi figure
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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 ...


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Large Luba mask
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Very diverse depending on the region, Luba art has been expressed through a sculpture often imbued with serenity. Essentially from the banks of the Lualaba River, areas around Lake Upemba, and eastern Rep. Democratic of Congo, this tribal art aimed to strengthen the political power of the leaders, to enhance the royalty and to remember the Luba epic. Throughout their migration, the Luba were in contact with various groups that influenced their style, including the Songye. We can indeed recognize certain songye characters, including the morphology of the eyes, on this large bleached mask whose origin remains unclear. Among the Luba, it is the initiation ceremonies that essentially allow masked demonstrations. The kaolin whose female-type mask is coated is associated with the divine, the ...


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