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Shankadi figurative headrest - Luba Baluba - Ex coll. BE - Congo DRC

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Shankadi figurative headrest - Luba Baluba - Ex coll. BE - Congo DRC

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mid 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

Object: Shankadi figurative headrest
Indigenous object name: Ex coll. BE
Region/ country: Congo DRC
Material: Luba Baluba
Period: mid 20th century
Condition: Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 17×17×0 cm

17 x 17 cm.
Wood.
Former collection. Belgium - brought back in the 1960s.

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 precise regional origins of this hairdo 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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  • have received the piece in best order and very fast

    rustlerconsult October 23, 2019

  • Thanks. Excellent experience and nice item.

    KaptanKrunch October 22, 2019

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

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    perfect, thank you +++++
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    ranat1947 October 14, 2019

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    Objet parfait
    Livraison un peu longue ....
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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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    user-581b855 October 7, 2019

  • TRES BONNE TRANSACTION. MERCI.

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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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    Very fast delivery and very pleased with my acquisitions.
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    Joachim1 October 5, 2019

  • received lot in good time in good order

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    Colis conforme envoyé dans les temps
    A recommander
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    Achat satisfaisant - Certificat d'authenticité/ancienneté souhaité conforme à la description de l'obejt
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    christianpotin October 1, 2019

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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.
    Certificat d'authenticité/ancienneté/origine de l'objesouhaitée, conformément sa description.
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    christianpotin September 21, 2019

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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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    user-b1d04b2 September 17, 2019

  • Hi

    This was a good experience. The mask was as described thanks to the photos. The price was I hope fair to us both. It was well packed and delivered promptly. I don't have any negatives.

    user-9f2f7de September 13, 2019

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    Transaction parfaite!
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    envoi rapide, disponibilité,... je recommande vivement ce vendeur !
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    georande September 9, 2019

  • Volgens BPost zou het pakket 6 sept 14.19 bezorgd zijn. Was thuis niets gezien. Al veel meer problemen met BPost gehad.

    user-1149a70 September 5, 2019

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    Très bien emballé et masque comme la description.
    Livraison professionnelle.
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    user-d6ea557 September 2, 2019

  • Thanks

    KaptanKrunch August 23, 2019

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    Afrikaans beeldje goed ontvangen. Prima verpakt en snel geleverd.
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    Excellent Seller. Very good transaction. Highly recommended A+++++++++++
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    Well packed. Quick Delivery. Thanks
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    Momowiki July 18, 2019

  • Very nice. Fast shipping. Thanks.

    KaptanKrunch July 17, 2019

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