Ceremonial ax from the Luba-Shankadi people or DR Congo from the early Early 20th century, before 1930.
Wood and metal, copper blade. Glossy layered patina.
H = 40 cm. 42 cm with the included metal stand.
Such axes were prestige not only of Luba kings and chiefs, but also high ranking officials, female mediums, members of secret societies and diviners. The hierarchical position, or hero during dances and other ceremonies related to the court.
Used by a member of the Luba elite, objects such as the social rank of its owner. Its function is to carve and show the rank in society, it is a work of art requiring tens of hours to create.
PROVENANCE: Gäetan Schoonbroodt collection in Verviers before 1970
Among peoples in southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and northern Angola, figurative axes were symbols of political office. The head of this ax shows the blade as a tonguelike extension.
The Luba empire exist since the XVIth century. Ceremonial ax from the Luba spikes scarce on the market, Luba Shankadi is the most valuable of the sub tribes, due to the cascade coiffure.
David Norden is a third generation of antique dealers, dealing in African Art in Antwerp Belgium since 1992.
This Ceremonial ax from the Luba-Shankadi people or DR Congo from David Norden's collection is private with a written description of the tribe and David Norden.
May be viewed or picked up at David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp.
Please note: seller guarantees this ax authenticity.