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Original Shankadi headrest - Luba Baluba - DR Congo

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1st half 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

Object: Original Shankadi headrest
Region/ country: DR Congo
Material: Luba Baluba
Period: 1st half 20th century
Condition: Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 17×18×0 cm

17 x 18 cm.
Wood.
Former Belgian colonial, teacher.

Throughout Africa, wooden headrests served as pillows, to preserve the complex hairdos which required much work, and to ensure the freshness of the head during the sleep. The dynamic position, the delicately chiselled features and the spectacular hairdo in cascade, are characteristics specific to a series of headrests, stools, kashekesheke divination instruments, attributed to the same artist or to the same active workshop in the 19th century. According to A. Maesen, the hairstyle of these sculptures is named Mikanda, meaning “stairs” or “cascade”; this led the Westerners to name the artist, “the Master of the cascading hairdo”.

The exact regional origins of this hairstyle are unknown. Nevertheless, many pictures of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries show Luba women wearing variants of this type, reproduced on an important number of Luba pieces.
The stacking of hair layers and the angular openworked forms on the sculpture were particularly widespread until 1928, in the region of the Luba Shankadi, around the villages of Kabondo Dianda and Busangu. Mounted on a structure in wicker, the hairdo in “cascade” required about fifty hours of work; if one used a headrest at night, the hairdo could be maintained during two or three months.
Headrests have great value for the Luba; currently still, a significant number of Luba remember that their grandparents owned such pieces.
In the 1950s, Maesen had observed that people of a certain age were particularly attached to their headrest, which was sometimes buried with their owner. In addition, we could bury these in place of the deceased when the body was not found, demonstrating the role of the object, closely related to the person.
Headrests were so important that the Yeke, during their iconoclastic uprising of the late 19th, had burned all of the Luba headrests, whereas other objects remained intact.

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Tags: mask, figurine, sculpture, figure, statuette, wood, art, contemporary, first, primitive, tribal, African, antiquity, artwork, gallery, Picasso, Giacometti, art gallery, African art, cubism.

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    TajMalabar November 6, 2019

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    Très bonne transaction. Excellent vendeur. Objet de qualité.
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    22yves November 6, 2019

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    Tal como se describe. Todo bien. Rapidez en el envío. Gracias
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    Bel objet, envoi rapide, bien emballé. Merci.
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    courlade October 26, 2019

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    Het pakketje hebben ze gisterenavond niet bezorgd. Ben extra huis gebleven. Nu schrijven ze dat het vandaag bezorgd wordt!!! Dus bezorger is nog onderweg!
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    objet OK. Bien emballé +++++
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    Très beau masque, longtemps désiré, correspond vraiment à ce que j'attendais. Merci
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    amatore46 October 24, 2019

  • have received the piece in best order and very fast

    rustlerconsult October 23, 2019

  • Thanks. Excellent experience and nice item.

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  • sorry for my late answer, I had been a few days away: nice item, safe delivery, perfect!

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    SOLO34 October 11, 2019

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    L extremite du nez de masque punu est arrivée cassée, ce défaut n apparait pas sur les photos, ce qui déprécie la valeur intrinsèque et la beauté de ce masque. L emballage était pourtant très correct
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    Hartelijk dank voor het mooie aanbod! Zeer snelle verzending en goed verpakt. Ik ben heel tevreden met mijn aankoop
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    Joachim1 October 5, 2019

  • received lot in good time in good order

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    Achat satisfaisant - Certificat d'authenticité/ancienneté souhaité conforme à la description de l'obejt
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    Envoi ultra rapide, très bien emballé. Dommage , il y a quelques éclats dans le masque qui est en terre. Bel objet
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    Achat globalement satisfaisant dans l'ensemble. Valeur d'enchères quelque peu surévaluée par les experts.
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    Na een misverstand mijnerzijds annuleerde ik de aankoop. Verkoper heeft dit geaccepteerd. Hartelijk dank voor de medewerking en belofte van restitutie.
    Beter volgende keer, dank.
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