Luba Shankadi Headrest - SOLD OUT

In the royal African art of the Luba, there are many types of objects. Among these, the neckrests or headrests. This piece consists of a base and a seat between which two caryatid women stand kneeling. The facies conform to the canons of Luba art. The torsos are decorated with ritual scarifications. The headdresses pulled back and the faces carried forward combined with the fact that two figures support the seat from the front suggest that this is a piece from the Shankadi sub-group.

Like the stools called Lupona, the neckrests were prestigious objects for individual use. They did not lend themselves to each other but could be transmitted from generation to generation. Here, small pearl necklaces adorn the figures.

Ex private collection Belgium

Ex private collection United Kingdom

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1940
20 cm
Ethnic group
Luba / Baluba / Louba
Wood, beads
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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