Headrest Luba Shankadi

Neckrest in traditional African art in Congo

Although Luba society has a patrilineal structure, the myths of creation reserve the woman a privileged place. Many sculptures celebrate femininity.

This neck support consists of a base on which stands a couple face to face. The characters hold the seat of the room on their heads.

In the original myth, this primordial couple gives birth to a monstrous being with four arms, four legs and two heads.

This piece presents aesthetic canons characteristics of the Shankadi style whose most famous representative is the famous "master of cascading hairstyle". Note the remarkable finesse of the elements and the richness of the details.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
20 x 20 cm
Ethnic group
Luba / Baluba / Louba
Wood, metal
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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