Luba/Baluba Tribe Wooden Axe ~17.3" Tall (New 2024) - West African Artifacts

African Angel ArtsSKU: AA03157

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Dimensions: H:17.3" W:7.9" L:3.9" Weight: 1.1 lbs.

Luba/Baluba Tribe Wooden Axe

The Luba tribe, primarily located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is known for its rich cultural heritage and craftsmanship. Almost all Luba art includes the female form either surmounting or supporting objects such as headrests, staffs, spears, axes or bowls. These traditional carvings serve various purposes, including ancestor and spirit worship, initiation rites and divination ceremonies. The predominant theme in Luba sculpture is the representation of women, reflecting the mythological significance of Vilie, considered the first woman spirit, founder of the clan and symbol of fertility and lineage preservation.

About the Tribe

Luba tribe, also called Baluba, a Bantu-speaking cluster of peoples who inhabit a wide area extending throughout much of south-central Democratic Republic of the Congo. The name Luba applies to a variety of peoples who, though of different origins, speak closely related languages, exhibit many common cultural traits, and share a common political history with past members of the Luba empire. The Kingdom of Luba thrived from the 15th to 19th century CE and was the first such state in the Congo basin. Skills in ironworking and trade along the Lualaba river in such metals as copper permitted the Luba elite to form a kingdom which spread across and out from the Upemba Depression in what is today southern DR Congo. The Luba Kingdom prospered until it fell into the hands of Belgian colonialists in the late 19th century CE.

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