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Luba Bowl Bearer Congo African Art 27 Inch

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Title Luba Bowl Bearer Congo African Art 27 Inch
Type of Object Figure of bearer, carving
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Luba
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 27 inches H. x 9.5 inches W.
Overall Condition Fair . Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair several cracks in head, neck, face, bowl. legs and in the back, chips and scratches throughout


Additional Information: A large  skillfully carved kneeling figure with hands holding a bowl . This kneeling  female has elements of Luba style including an elaborate and typical Luba hairstyle, its stane and the facial features.  This is a classic Luba figure that would stand well in any collection.


The image of a female figure holding a bowl is found among a number of stylistically related groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo either one of the Luba subgroups or neighbors subtlety influenced by Luba art and symbolism. The different forms and styles of Luba influenced sculptures generally served a common purpose as ?objects of power?, ritual and ceremony. This figure and bowl serves to recognize the rank of a chief or senior lineage head as it would be a chiefly container of some prestige or serve local diviners holding various objects and substances required for divination. Both faces have a vertical row of brass tacks on the nose reaching to the forehead. The complex and elegant hairstyle of the larger female figure must be noted as a major factor of Luba aesthetics. Red bark powder was rubbed onto the surface of the figure as a cosmetic effect as are the beads she wears around her waist, neck and ankles.. The female figure has geometric scarification on her stomach that is repeated in the design pattern on her back. The Luba are known for the variety of their sculptures including bowls, pipes, figures, drums, and ritual devices. 


Sources: Nooter, M. N. and A. F. Roberts. 1996. Memory, Luba Art and the Making of History.