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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 ..


Mukisi a kukaya zoomorphic 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.

Luba Mikisi statue
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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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
Tribal art > African Jar > Luba Cup


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 ...


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Luba/ Shankadi Cup Carrier
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Luba

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
Tribal art > African Statues > Luba figure

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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Ancestor figure Luba Hemba
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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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Large Luba mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Luba Mask

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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Tabouret cariatides Lupona / Kipona Luba
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Tribal art > African Chair > Luba Seat

A kneeling couple figure, with his back attached, forms the "recepacle of a deceased sovereign leader" (Luba, Roberts). The hands support the central circular tray. The scarifications of the female figure, protruding, in ears, surround the umbilical, "centre of the world" associated with lineage, and those of the lower abdomen, horizontal, symbolize fertility. This stool named lupona, or kioni or kipona , kiona , according to the sources, constitutes the meeting point of the sovereign, his people, and protective spirits and ancestors, where symbolically and spiritually mingle past and present. It once formed the foundation upon which King mulopwe was inducted. Seats were arranged on leopard skins at the inauguration of the new leader. It was only after sitting there that his speech took ...

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Fertility figure Luba
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Luba

This sculpture, embodying a woman with an ovoid face with regular features and whose pose, hands on the chest, evokes 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. It is depicted wearing, behind a forehead largely cleared by the traditional shaving, braids arranged in shells, some of which return like ram horns. The so-called 'epi' scarifications, 'tactile mnemonic code', cover the abdomen and lower abdomen, highlighting the volumes and protruding umbilical. This type of figure was also used in 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 ...


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Fertility statue Luba
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This sculpture depicting a woman with an ovoid face with regular features and 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. This type of figure was also used in fertility rituals: young women lacking breast milk came to touch the chest of the statue in the hope of breastfeeding more abundantly. ...


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Lukasa Luba mnemonic board
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Tribal art > African Statues > Luba board

Slightly curved plateau topped by a miniature protective figure supposed to embody an ancestor communicating with the guardian spirits, "mvidye", intermediate between the spiritual world and individuals, and also able to embody the spirits of nature among the Luba of Kasai. The motifs engraved on the tray are linked to a mnemonic proverb or code associated with the myths, origins and precepts of Luba royalty. This object allowed followers of the Mbudye to transmit during codified rituals, through stories and songs, the genealogy of the founding heroes, the history of the clan's migrations, etc.
Light Brown Velvety Matte. Height on pedestal: 45 cm
Shest the Luba, the king, mulopwe, occupied the highest place of a complex command system. He partially delegated his powers to ...


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Luba Lupona Caryatide Seat
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Tribal art > African Chair > Tabouret Lupona

The sanctity of sculpted foundations, regalia of prestige, in early African art.
This seat with a circular tray carved from a female ancestor figure forms the "receptacle of a late sovereign leader, Luba, Roberts). The protruding scarifications by converging on the umbilical, " 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 blend past and present. It was once the seat on which the king was inducted. The seats were arranged on leopard skins at the inauguration of the new leader. It was only ...


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Figure de couple Kanyok
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Tribal art > African Statues > Couple Kanyok

Living to the east of the Luba kingdom on the banks of the Mbujimayi River, and having adopted part of the Luba culture, the Kanyok created prestigious objects, water pipes, neck presses, sticks, and stools, and dark wooden carved statuettes bearing bun hairstyles depicted in different postures.
On the Kanyok religion, the human being consists of three sets: body, soul and spirit. They believe in a supreme being named Tang a Ngoy.
The characters without scarifications and adornments stand opposite, faces close together, the woman sitting on her spouse's thighs. The oiled, dark brown patina has weak abrasions. Misses the end of a foot. Indigenous restoration on a thigh.


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Ancestor figure Luba
Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Luba

This female African figure of ancestor whose pose, hands on the 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 hull and a thick braid behind a forehead largely cleared by the traditional shaving. The so-called "en epi" , "tactile mnemoniccode" , cover the abdomen, the hollow of the kidneys and the lower abdomen, highlighting the volumes and the protruding umbilical. The speckled patina is powdery. The heavily altered base was fixed on a pedestal.
The Luba (Baluba in Chiluba) are a people of Central Africa. Their cradle is the Katanga, specifically the region of the Lubu River, ...


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Little mask Luba Kifwebe
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The absence of a crest indicates here that this mask ("bifwebe") embodies a female spirit or ancestor, although it is still worn by men. Worn with a voluminous raphia collar that concealed the dancer, this mask was usually danced in the company of a zoomorphic mask. In the Luba, white is synonymous with the relationship with the spiritual world, by evoking the moon evoked by the circular form of the object. The almond eyes are hollowed out, an angular nose, the mouth with an orifice moves forward in a quadrangle. The set is engraved with parallel grooves. Velvet patina. These rather rare Luba masks are frequently confused with those of the Songye and their neighbours. The streaks would return to the same symbolism, including that of the zebras. This type of mask appeared at the funerals ...


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