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Divination Cup - Wood - Luba - Congo DRC - Asian African Art
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Divination Cup – Wood – Luba – Congo DRC


Mid 20th century – Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear

Object: Divination Cup
Ethnic group/ culture: Luba
Region/ country: Congo DRC
Material: Wood
Period: mid 20th century
Condition: Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 19×26×11 cm
Weight: 550 g

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Luba divination bowl with two ancestor figures.

Bowl figures like this are owned by 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).

The bowl has traces of tribal use. One ancestor figure seemed to be restored around the neck.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium.

Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).