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Luba Female with 2 Children Congo African Art

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Product #: 91837
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Title Luba Female with 2 Children Congo African Art
Type of Object Carving, mother and children, maternity
Country of Origin DR Congo
People Luba
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Dimensions 16 inches H. x 5 inches W.
Overall Condition Good. 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 crack in base


Additional Information:  A rare Hemba maternity figure depicting a standing female holding two children. This is a large Hemba standing female figure with a large  head and a classic cruciform coiffure in the back. 


This figure comes from the Luba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Elements that identify this figure with the Luba include its general forms and stance, its detailed finial facial features, and the body marks or scarifications and the elaborate traditional hairstyle. The gorgeous shinning patina adds to the beauty of this charming figure!


The theme of maternity is common to the Luba and related peoples such as the Zela and Songye (see Francois Neyt, LUBA...).Made out of hard wood, these figures come in different seizes and stances. They may represent the spirit Vidye These spirits protect, rescue and assist the living. The spirits Vidye are honor in order to support the kingship or to guide the medium in the divination process. The Vidye spirits speak through the mouth of the figure. This figure is also identified with the female ancestor spirit who is regarded as guarantors of the continuity of the lineage. It is through woman that the ancestor reveals himself anew in the child. Such figures were kept by a ritual specialist, her wife or by chief's wife in shrines.


For close similar examples and more information see:


-Francois Neyt, LUBA TO THE SOURCES OF THE ZAIRE, 1994


-Mary Nooter Roberts and Allen F. Roberts, MEMORY. LUBA ART AND THE MAKING OF HISTORY, 1996


I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.