Cup with figure of the Bugabo power - Luba - Congo

Cup with figure of the Bugabo power - Luba - Congo
Remarkable piece - Dignified female statuette

Cup with figure of power - Luba - Congo.
Provenance: private P. Vandenbergh collection, Belgium.
Dating: 1960s.
Size: 21 x 17 cm.
Material: wood.

Remarkable piece of African art thanks to its intrinsic quality and its rarity. This type of power objects are very rare. The female character is placed in the receptacle and is holding its own chest.
The container includes representations of hemispheric Kifwebe Luba masks. This piece features extremely rich details.
It could be related to the Bugabo.
In order to show their respect for the oath of secrecy during specific phases of the initiation of entry in the Bugabo society, novices inserted objects in a calabash or a cup of this type. The accumulation of such elements, grass or straw, pebbles, seeds or small pieces of iron, increased the power of the object.
The female bust was meant to welcome spirits.

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