Luba “Kabeja” figure

Luba “Kabeja” figure

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These double figures, called ‘kabeja', always represent a man and a woman, back to back. They represent the ‘ancestor’ couple of the Hemba people and are preserved exclusively in the houses of the clan and village chiefs, legitimation of the latter’s status and power , and protecting the clan members.

  • Region: South Central Congo RDC             

  • Culture: Luba            

  • Material: Wood                 

  • Dimensions: H: 28cm W:9,5cm        

  • Provenance: Belgian Private collection

  • Age estimate: Early to mid 20th century

  • Condition: Good, traces of wear due to age and use