Luba Kibango authority sceptre - SOLD OUT

In the Luba tradition, each chiefdom venerates a certain number of regalia considered as the expression of the very identity of the community. These items vary from chef to chef; it could be a caryatid seat or a kibango scepter of authority. This African art object is composed of a handle surmounted by a typical Luba head with a beautiful headdress pulled back decorated with a cross. The flattened upper and lower parts are decorated with geometric patterns and elements including a reptile.

These objects have such social importance that few people have the right to see them, although no one is unaware of their existence. Their symbolic value was once such that everyone was ready to risk their life so that this symbol would not fall into the hands of the enemy.

This piece comes from a workshop near Mulongo, R. D. Congo.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Circa 1950
69 cm
Ethnic group
Luba / Baluba / Louba
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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