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LUBA Standing Woman

AFRICAN ART

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Democratic Republic of Congo
Early C20th
Wood
23.5 cm high

 

Provenance
Formerly in French collection.
Lucas Ratton, Paris, France.

Description
This Luba sculpture represents a standing woman.
Her pose is hieratic and there is a particular attention paid to the details of the sculpture. Some scarifications are present on the whole body, which are characteristic to the Luba ethnic group. Some of them are surrounding the belly and some others are located on the back of the sculpture.

The expression of the face is interiorised and some scarifications are located on the temples of the face of the woman. Her coif is very refined.
The woman is holding her breast which symbolises fertility.
The dark patina of the sculpture shows its ritual use and enhances its fine features.

Primitive Art Collection