LUBA HEADRESTS

Despite their appearance, these headrests show little evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

 

LUBA
HEADREST 24
8" high
$200 

LUBA
HEADREST 25
7.75" high
$200

LUBA
HEADREST 31
7.75" high
$200


 

LUBA
PAIR 3

7.5" high
$200
 

LUBA
PAIR 6
7.25" high
$200

 

LUBA
PAIR 13
7.25" high
$200


LUBA
HEADREST 29
5" high
$150

LUBA
HEADREST 30
5.5" high
$150

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

LUBA HEADRESTS, DRC

Most Luba art relates to kings and important chiefs, who defined their power by the display of prestige objects during important ceremonies. Headrests were more personal, and were used primarily to support the neck, preserving the elaborate hair styles traditional among the Luba people. Motifs included figures, pairs of figures, a figure on horseback and more. The user was literally as well as figuratively supported by the carved figures, which also symbolized the continuity of power in a matrilineal society. Elaborate coiffures and scarification patterns attested to the high rank of both the depicted figure and the owner of the headrest. Similar in style and quality are Luba stools, among the most prized in Africa.

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