About this object

The less centralized peoples around the resource rich Upemba Depression, in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, looked to the Luba heartland for their model of authority. Successful leaders who were in a position to assume more centralized power often adopted the Luba style regalia of sacred leadership to support their ambitions. This ceremonial spear is partly bound in copper ribbon and is embellished with a male figure. It is part of a pair, with the 1966.209.3b, and would probably have been based on Luba royal spears. Such spears were important symbols of legitimate power and hereditary leadership.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Central Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Date made
    1966 before
  • Materials
    Copper; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchase from Gallery Menist, 1966
  • Collector
    Gallery Menist
  • Place collected
    Africa: Central Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    1790 mm x 47 mm x 42 mm
  • Note
    Stockbook: Bena Kanicka Royal Spears. Gallery Menist, 1 Hartenstraat, Amsterdam C, Netherlands. Purchase
  • Related people
    Gallery Menist ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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