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Luba Ancestor Female Old Congo African Art

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Title Luba Ancestor Female Old Congo African Art
Type of Object Sculpture
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Luba
Materials Wood
Approximate Age Early to Mid 20th century
Dimensions Height: 14 Inches
Width: 7 Inches
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 Arrested bug damage

Additional Information: This figure wears a conical headdress typical of the Luba sculptures. This headdress is an indicator of high rank and status in this world and in the spirit world. The "cat whiskers" scarification by the figure's  mouth is an indicator of a mature woman .

 This unusual unbalanced carving of this figure  reflects the Luba  sensibilities of representation and aesthetics. It would hold a proinent place in a collection.

The Luba excel at the veneration of feminine beauty and motherhood, and much of their skillfully crafted artworks reflect this ideal It is through woman that the continuity of the clan is ensured. "It is through woman that the ancestor reveals himself anew in the child" (Neyt, F, 1994). The woman gives life and nourishes the community. She claims her privilege status as guarantor of fecundity and well-being for members of her society.

The history of the Luba can be traced back at least 500 years, and they have dominated much of southern part of the Congo during most of this time span. At the height of their expansion their empire stretched east all the way to Lake Tanganyika. Luba Society is still a large culture, numbering about 1,000,000, and their influence remains significant. While there are dozens of art-producing peoples of Congolese origin who have contributed significantly to the recognition of Central African art, the Luba, along with their closely related neighbors the Hemba, are debatable the most important of them all, with many masterpieces scattered throughout the world.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. Their impact on the art world has been extraordinary.

Recommended Reading:

F, Neyt, LUBA. TO THE SOURCES OF THE ZAIRE, 1993, Musee Dapper: Paris


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Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.