The Luba are an ethnic group found in the South-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Luba held women in high regard and they were looked at as the primary keepers of societal secrets. Among the Luba, artists were privileged people in the social hierarchy. Luba sculptures were characterized with intricate hair-dress, often in the form of a cross or cascaded. Eyes shaped like coffee-beans, small simply sculpted ears, and a finely polished surface. Most of the Luba carvings represented ancestral spirits and were used for initiation, medical and divination purposes. The Luba believe a woman was the founder of the clan and guarantor of fertility and lineage.
This is an interesting female standing wooden statue with an intricate hairstyle. The hands are resting on the breasts. It has dark patina, visible signs of wear and of considerable age.
Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
|Dimensions||11.5 × 11.7 × 55 cm|