Primal Ancestor Figurine - Luba - Congo DRC

Primal Ancestor Figurine - Luba - Congo DRC
1st half 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

17 x 4 cm.
Provenance: Family of colonists, former Zaire - brought back in 1960, collected in Kabalo.
Family inheritance.

Luba art is a royal court art. Many objects are related to the sovereign, whether these are effigies or daily objects of prestige, such as stools. In both cases, we find feminine representations. The woman is a central theme in this major art of the D.R Congo.
The woman is celebrated for her ability to give birth, from generation to generation, ensuring the continuity of the kingdom and the ethnic group.
Here, the kneeling woman is holding her generous breasts which will feed the Luba people, metaphorically.
The hairdo is divided into three parts, it is finely chiselled, like the rest of the face.
Ventral scarifications enhance the navel, which is also a symbol of filiation and progeny.

Cf. Luba, M. Roberts.

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With acknowledgement of receipt.

Tags: mask, figurine, sculpture, figure, statuette, wood, art, contemporary, first, primitive, tribal, African, antiquity, artwork, gallery, Picasso, Giacometti, art gallery, African art, cubism.

Lot details
Primal Ancestor Figurine
Region/ country
Congo DRC
1st half 20th century
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
17×4×0 cm
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