Luba Male Half Figure

Luba Male Half Figure

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The vast majority of Luba power figures are female due to "the belief in Lubaland that only a woman's body is strong enough to contain a powerful spirit.  For this reason women often functioned as spirit mediums during divination sessions" . The present figure, with a large reservoir inside the figure's head filled with powerful substances, seems to be male as it features a beard along the jawline.

  • Region: South Central RDC          

  • Culture: Luba             

  • Material: Wood, Fiber          

  • Dimensions: H: 32 W: 12cm D: 15cm    

  • Provenance: A. Shlag

  • Age estimate: Early to Mid 20th century

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