neck support, stool, shankadi (1) - Wood - shankadi - Luba - Central Africa

neck support, stool, shankadi (1) - Wood - shankadi - Luba - Central Africa
Mid 20th century - Good

Luba headrest, RDC, former Zaire, quite rare headrest to maintain the head of the deceased in his burial place, or stool of a dignitary or member of royalty.
The Luba ethnic group is renowned for its statuary, skilfully carved.
Exceptional patina, slightly crusty, dark, this piece was carved in a single piece of wood, it is composed of two caryatids, androgynous figures, facing each other, with the leg reciprocally leaning on that of the other figure, indicating an agreement, an exchange between persons.
Complex “cascading” hairdos, finely carved, indicating the royal or dignitary provenance. Luba artists, which style is similar, are known by ethnologists and collectors, from the 19th, 20th centuries.
Please note the missing pieces on the arms (damages due to the antiquity and wear of the object), cracks, the object’s tilt, because of its mortuary use to support the head of the deceased?
Private collection of a merchant and collector, deceased.
Careful and secure shipment via Mondialrelay for the European continent, and international express parcel (Colissimo) with current postal fees related to the weight.

Lot details
Total nr of items
neck support, stool, shankadi
Indigenous object name
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Central Africa
Mid 20th century
Sold with stand
35×14×35 cm
5500 g
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