About this object

Luba kings, chiefs and titleholders have staffs of office that serve as sources of memory and inspiration, as well as being items of regalia. The female figures at the top of such staffs have been described by some Luba narrators as ‘kings’, whose spirits are carried in women’s bodies.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object
  • Culture
    Baluba / Luba
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Central Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Date made
    1964 before
  • Materials
    Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From M. L. J. Lemaire, 1968
  • Collector
    M L J Lemaire
  • Place collected
    Africa: Central Africa: Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Date collected
    1964 before
  • Measurements
    1032 mm x 58 mm x 42 mm
  • Note
    Stockbook: 4. Chief’s Staff (Baluba). M. L. J. Lemaire, Prinsengracht 841, Amsterdam C., Netherlands.
  • Related people
    M L J Lemaire ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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