African art tribal, luba rukasa from katanga region. 38 cm --15 inches high by 22.5cm---8.9inches wide/weight3kg.The Luba Empire was founded in. 1585 , in the Upemba depression by King. 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. These clan Kings could symbolically become the Mulopwes son which created client states through the empire. 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 libations. The 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. Ivory apotropaic amulets were worn by some Luba people.
Luba terracotta vessels are often decorated with incised geometric motifs. Good luck and thanks for looking. 15 GBP I reduce to 10 GBP. 20 GBP I reduced to 14 GBP.
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