First Half XXth century- Good Condition - Provenance Gaëtan Schoonbroodt.
Luba Zela Tribe. Democratic Republic of Congo.Carved from one piece of wood, black pigments. Abrasions.
Dimensions: H 53 cm
Provenance: Gaëtan Schoonbroodt, Verviers, Belgium
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Photo: W.F.P Burton 1927-1935 Copyright: Witwatersand-Johannesburg-South-Africa
Engraving: Verney Lovett Cameron, commander Royal Navy, 1873 to 1876. First image of Luba diviners, Lovoi River-Upper Lualaba.
Known as Mboko, the Luba-Zela cup bearers are used as precious objects in divination rituals, to fight negative spirits and solve issues . The Mboko is the spirits wife”.
Bowl figures are iconic andused and owned by Luba Zela chiefs and diviners.
'Rulers keep them at their doors filled with a sacred white chalk associated with purity, renewal and the spirit world. Usually, however, these figures are the prerogative of royal diviners...who use them as oracles, and as receptacles for their possessing spirit's wife' (Source: Roberts and Roberts 1996: pg 70)."
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