Shankadi Headrest - Luba - Congo - SOLD

Headrests in traditional African art in Luba country, 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 pair, each with one arm placed in the back of the other.

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. The two characters sit opposite each other, their arms entangled. Note the remarkable finesse of the elements and the richness of the details.

This authentic object from the Luba has been sold by our gallery, expert in traditional African art.

Origin : private collection, BelgiumSize : 18 x 22 cm Material : wood

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Ethnic group
Luba / Baluba / Louba
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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