African tribal art, nice Luba mask from DRC, region du Shaba.


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tribal art,Luba mask from DRC,region du Shaba.

County of origin

Democratic Republic of Congo



Type of object




Approx. size

18 cm— 7 inches high by 15 cm 6inches wide. /weight:200g



Luba Empire was founded in 1585,
in the Upemba depression by King Kongolo.
His nephew and successor, Kalala ilunga, rapidly expanded the kingdom to
encompass all the territories on the upper left bank of the Lualaba River. At
its peak, about one million people living in several tribes, were paying
tribute to the Luba King. At the end of the 19th century, with the advance of
the Ovimbundu people from Angola and the raids of the East African Muslim
slavers, the empire weakened and in fact, collapsed when the Belgian colonies
took control. With the assistance of a court of notables, called Bamfumus,
the king, known as the Mulopwe, reinged over his subjects through clan Kings
called Balopwe. These
clan Kings could symbolically become the Mulopwe’s son which created client states
through the empire. A secret society, Bambudye, kept the memory of the Luba Empire alive and permeated
throughout Luba territory, bonding the diverse populations together. Luba
empire economy was complex –it was based on a tribute system and the redistribution
of resources from agriculture,
fishing, hunting and mining. The production of salt and iron was under the
king ‘control.


Luba artists carved kneeling or standing female
figures, called Mboko, who were usually holding cups for divination purposes.
Standing figures, believed to represent forest spirts or ancestors, are rare
and are usually covered by an oily patina that comes from continuous


Luba produced numerous prestige objects anthropomorphic caryatid stools, bow
stands, spears, staffs, pipes, axes and neckrests which were adorned with
figures and were used during official ceremonies or to display wealth.







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