Luba Wooden Staff

SKU DA.366
Circa

20th Century AD

Dimensions

12″ (30.5cm) high

Medium

Wood

Origin

Democratic Republic of Congo

Gallery Location

USA


 

The iconographic representation of women in Luba sculpture is widespread and correlates to the important role of women in Luba society. This fine staff features a beautiful woman with a long curved chin and subtle warm smile. Her hair is tied back and portrayed with a series of diagonal lines most likely representing a long braid. She is standing alertly with her knees slightly bent and holding her breasts. A series of diamond shaped carvings appear on all four sides of her pregnant belly. This staff wonderfully represents the iconic beauty and fertility of the Luba people.

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