Authentic Easteren Luba (Luba-Hemba, Manono) statue representing twin (male and female) kaoline cup (bowl) carriers in kneeling position. Bowlbearing figures, called Mboko were used in divination rituals and ceremonies. The female figure has some scarifications on the back. The cup shows clearly that kaoline has been contained in it. This sacred chalk was an empowering material associated with purity, renewal and tehe spirit world, an icon of royal athority and ligitimacy.
Spotted and bought personally in South Kivu Province (Baraka) in 1984. Part of a private family collection (3 generations) of African tribal artefacts, primitive currency, jewellery, etc., gathered during more then 60 years.
Very light wood. Female hairdress slightly damaged (see pictures).
- Indigenous object name
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- DRC, Congo, Katanga, Manono
- 2nd half 20th century
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 40×22×41 cm
- 2890 g