Luba Mulongo headrest
Woman in African art Luba
This superb African neckrest from the Luba ethnic group was sculpted in the same style as that of the workshop of the Master of Mulongo, see the attached photo of the specimen concerned. It comes from the region of the Lukuga river.
We can recognize him by the caryatid figures standing, face to face, side by side, their arms entwined behind their backs and supporting the seat. Beautiful scarifications are present on the abdomens. The headdress of the characters is pulled back and ends in a cross.
The head rest of the Master of Mulongo belongs to the National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C.
Luba women are celebrated in African Luba art for historical reasons. They bear, like this piece, beautiful scarifications as seen in the contextual photos. Priests, counselors and mothers giving birth to filiation, women occupy a very important role within the Luba kingdom.
Stools, neckrests, and other everyday objects or not are also prestigious objects for local chefs who like to display them.
- Presumed dating
- Circa 1960
- 17 cm
- Ethnic group
- Tribal art collection Belgium
- Very good
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