The Luba are an ethnic group found in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Luba tribe art is created for primarily their semisecret associations of men and women, The teachings of Bwami are a cornerstone of all aspects of life, guiding the moral development of the individual and governing relations with others. Bwami doctrine is represented by wood and ivory masks, heads, and small figures, all of which play a vital role during initiation into the society’s highest grades. These were highly prestigious utilitarian items among the Lega people of Congo. Such small sculptures were displayed at the final phase of initiation into the Bwami society. Whether in the form of human figures, heads, or tools such as spoons, knives, hammers, and billhooks, they represent the proverbs through which Bwami ideals are taught. This sculpture has a human figure at one end and a spoon at the other end, it has a dark patina and shows visible signs of old age.
Origin: Democratic Republic Of Congo
|Dimensions||1.5 × 6 × 44 cm|