Luba African Face Mask 23.5″ with stand – DRC


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An attractive Luba style mask from DR Congo. This intriguing mask is 17 inches tall and 23.5 inches on its custom stand and weighs 12 pounds with the stand. It has minor imperfections and would make an excellent addition to any collection.

Type of Object

Face Mask and stand

Country of Origin

DR Congo




Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)

17” Mask, 23.5" w/ Stand

Width (Inches)


Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

5lbs mask, 12lbs w/ Stand

Overall Condition

Good condition with minor imperfections


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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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