Female Luba Statue 12.75″ on Base – DR Congo – African Art


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This statue was carved in the style of the Luba people of DRC. The statue portrays a female figure with a conical shaped coiffure and scarification on her abdomen. She measures 12.75 inches tall including base and weighs 1.5 pounds. There is a crack in the right arm along with other minor cracks, imperfections and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo




Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age



12.5" figure | 12.75" including base


2.5" figure | 3" base


2.75" figure | 3" base


1.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Crack right arm. Cracking, scuffing and wear and tear.

Tribe Information

About the Luba People

“The Luba empire was founded in 1585 in the Upemba depression by King Kongolo. His nephew and successor, Kalala Ilunga, rapidly expanded the kingdom to encompass all the territories on the upper left bank of the Lualaba River. At its peak, about one million people, living in several tribes, were paying tribute to the Luba king. At the end of the 19th century, with the advance of the Ovimbudu people from Angola and the raids of the East African Muslim slavers, the empire weakened and, in fact, collapsed when Belgian colonials took control.

With the Assistance of a court of notables, called Bamfumus, the king, known as the Mulopwe, reigned over his subjects through clan kings called Balopwe/ These clan kings could symbolically become the Mulapwe’s son which created client states throughout the empire. A secret society, Bambudye, kept the memory of the Luba empire alive and permeated throughout Luba territory, bonding the diverse populations together. The Luba empire economy was complex – it was based on a tribute system and the redistribution of resources from agriculture, fishing, hunting and mining. The production of salt and iron was under the king’s control.”

Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.


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