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    Luba (Democratic Republic of Congo)
    Ceremonial Axe
    Wood, metal, brass tacks
    Height: 17 ¼ inches Width: 2 ¼ inches Depth: 7 1/8 inches

    A sculpturally enriched ceremonial axe was an important status property of high-ranking Luba, not just royal but also title-holders and members of secret associations, as well as female spirit mediums. "They were worn over the shoulder to signify rank and title and also were wielded in dance and other ceremonials of the court" (Mary H. Nooter-Roberts in Gustaaf Verswijver, Els De Palmenaer, Viviane Baeke, and Anne-Marie Bouttiaux-Ndiaye, eds. Masterpieces from Central Africa. Munich, New York: Prestel, 1996, p.180). There is minor rust on the blade and overall use abrasion, and there are a few missing tacks.

    Provenance: Stanley Yalkowsky, New York



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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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