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|Luba, Democratic Republic of Congo|
Luba figural sculptures such as this dark, highly detailed standing figure were historically used as instruments used to bring good fortune, protect, heal, and counteract evil. While a carver produced the wooden figure, a ritual specialist, would add a multitude of substances and objects that give the figure its power, or “charge”, and enhance its visual impact. The surface of this fine petite figure is glossy from decades of human handling and applied oils. It is possible that this figure to be the top of a prestige staff. Staffs played a central role in Luba kingship systems, and as the Luba spread their political influence to their neighbors through alliances and treatises, the objects that represented power among the Luba spread to their neighbors as well. The first Luba Empire was founded in the 16th century by Nkongolo, (who is said to have been a Songye tribesman) and staffs were an important object within the Luba kingship. Sources: Meyer, "Art and Craft in Africa", “Art and Power in the Central African Savanna, C Petridis, Cleveland Museum of Art”.
|Lot ID: 141|
|Low Estimate: $1,800|
|High Estimate: $2,800|
|Next Bid: $900|
|Sale ID: 6|
|Sale Date: July 28, 2016|
|Sale Location: Virtual Auction|
|Sale Sponsor: African Artworks from Berz Gallery of African Art|
|Sale Terms: View here|
|Live Bidding Link: SALE CLOSED|
|Location of Origin: Africa|
|Medium/Materials: wood (one piece), stain, encrustation|
|Dimensions: 6.25" (15.87 cm) height|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Country - Democratic Republic of Congo|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : African Art : Object Type - Statue|
|Expertise: Phillips, "Africa: The Art of a Continent"; Roy, "Kilengi"; Visona, "A History of Art In Africa", Bacquart, "The Tribal Arts of Africa";|
Aghte (Johanna), "Luba Hemba. Werke unbekannter Meister. Sculptures by unknown masters", Museum für Völkerkunde, Frankfurt am Main, 1983
Bettencourt de Faria, "O arremesso com arco e setas nas tribos Quioca, Camatapa e Baluba", in Mensário Administrativon 1960:41-55, 155-160
Colle (Reverend Pierre), "Les Baluba", vol. II, Brussels 1913
Felix (Marc Leo), "Luba Zoo: Kifwebe and other striped masks", Brussels: Zaire Basin Art History Research Center, Occasional Paper, June 1992
Maesen (Albert), "Une statue d'ancetre Hemba", Africa-Tervuren XX-1974
Mahauden (Charles), "Kisongokimo chasse et magie chez les Balubas", Paris: Flammarion, 1965
Makiba Kalanda (Augusto), "Baluba et Lulua: une ethnie à la recherche d'un nouvel équilebre", Bruxelles: Remarques Congolaises, 1959:87
Mutimanwa Wenga-Mulayi, "Etude Socio-Morphologique Des Masques Blancs Luba ou Bifwebe", 1973-1974
Neyt (François) & de Strijcker (Louis), "Approche des Arts Hemba", Arnouville: Collection Arts d'Afrique Noire, 1974
Nooter (Mary H.), "Luba Art and Statecraft: Creating Power in a Central African Kingdom", New York, 1991
Nooter Roberts (Mary), "The Naming Game. Ideologies of Luba Artitic Identity", in: African Arts, Vol. XXXI, #4, Autumn 1998
Petit (Pierre), "Jagers, mediums en chefs. Variaties op het thema van het rituele voorwerp bij de Luba (Zaïre)", in "Het object als bemiddelaar" by Holsbeke (Mireille), Etnografisch Museum Stad Antwerpen, 1996
|Provenance: Ex. Jean Paul Agogue, Paris, Ex. Alexander Claes, Brussels|
|Price:||Price on Request|
|Offered By:||CLOSED: African Artworks : 146 Lots : July 28-30|
|Contact:||The Curator's Eye|
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