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Divination tool – Wood – Katatora – Luba – DR Congo


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Great stylistic Luba Katatora / Divination tool from DR Congo. Involved in rituals, the “soothsayers”, the mbuki, use special techniques named Katatora or Kashekesheke to solve social problems. During a ritual gathering, the client/questioner and the mbuki both held the figurine while asking questions. Essentially, this is a way to communicate with the ancestors. The sculpture used for that means is named kakishi. The ritual consists in a personal ritual in which the mbuki tries to discover the causes of stress, illness and misfortune through rituals, and to favour the well-being of the questioner. They both hold one side of the figurine while a question is asked, and a confirmation or a denial as response follows. Problems are clarified and lead to a solution.
Hard wood with a wonderful patina of wear in a brown nuanced colour.

Provenance: Manfred Schäfer collection, ex- gallery owner from Ulm, Germany.

Including professional custom made stand.

Object: Katatora
Ethnic group: Luba
Country: DR Congo
Material: Wood
Period:  Mid 20th century
Sold with stand: Yes
Dimensions: 20x10x7 cm
Weight: 300 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear


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