Figurative rattle - Luba - Congo

Figurative rattle - Luba - Congo
Middle of the 20th century - Private Belgian collection.

The first Luba and Hemba rattles first appeared in publications in 1975. According to F. Neyt, these types of pieces were used in the Bagabo society. Others believe that rattles were used during rituals related to the cult of the ancestors, combined with statuettes. They may have also been used by soothsayers to invoke or ward off bad curses during healing sessions.
The small spheres are always surmounted by a bust or a portrait, often a female one in view of the central place the woman occupies in the Luba society and who is therefore strongly reflected in the artistic corpus.

Provenance: private collection, Belgium.
Dating : the 1950s.
Size: 27 x 5 cm.
Material: wood.
Stand not included.

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