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A Fine Zela Mboko Divination Figure with Bowl - LUBA ZELA- DRC Congo

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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
Age: 1930-50
Provenance: Gaëtan Schoonbroodt, Verviers, Belgium

Our exclusive Art may be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Shop in Antwerp.

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)."

Please note: Sold with written description of the tribe and private review by David Norden who guarantees this product's authenticity.
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    KaptanKrunch November 12, 2017

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    Toujours du Grand D.Norden = Très beau masque Goli avec belle patine d'utilisation- pigments rouges intenses-FANTASTIQUE
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    lovviere October 18, 2017

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    Alles perfect in orde. Zeer goede aankoop.
    Nogmaals dank. Jos belde
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    Josbelde October 9, 2017

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    Allways perfect transactions, excellent seller.
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    fernando4878 August 31, 2017

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    Ce masque Guere/Wobe dégage à la fois force et sérénité. De plus le masque a été livré en 24h chrono!!! Du jamais vu......
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    lovviere August 24, 2017

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