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Luba Kneeling Female Figure Congo African Art

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Title Luba Kneeling Female Figure Congo African Art
Type of Object Carving, statue
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Luba
Materials Wood
Approximate Age second half 20th century
Dimensions Height: 23.5 Inches
Width: 6.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair chips in base, age cracks in places, chipped nipples


Additional Information: This kneeling female figure with Luba typical hairstyle and scarification on the abdomen demonstrates the respect and importance that Luba artists lavish on women. Though the vital role of women in any society is obvious, the sculptural and ritual emphasis placed upon them by the Luba is not completely understood. According to Neyt's superb book, LUBA, "The representation of women is omnipresent in Luba art. It is through woman that the ancestor reveals himself anew in the child....The kneeling female figure has her hands on her knees.which translates her huminity.  Such figures were kept in personal and family shrine. It is thought, however, that the artisitic dominance of the female form originated somewhere in Luba mythology. The world's greatest museums and private collections are filled with Luba sculpture, as the beauty of some of their finest pieces transcends those of almost any other African culture. For such a small group, their impact on the art world has been extraordinary.


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Francois Neyt, LUBA