LUBA HEADRESTS ARCHIVES

The headrestss below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes. For unsold headrests go to LUBA HEADRESTS PAGE

LUBA
HEADREST 27
7" high

SOLD

 

LUBA
HEADREST 26
7" high
SOLD

TABWA
PAIR 11
6.75" high
SOLD


LUBA
HEADREST 28
6" high
SOLD


 

LUBA 20
SOLD

 

LUBA 21
SOLD

 

LUBA 22
SOLD

 

LUBA 23
SOLD

LUBA 3
SOLD


LUBA 1
SOLD

LUBA 4
SOLD

LUBA 5
SOLD

LUBA 7
SOLD 

LUBA 8
SOLD

LUBA 9
SOLD

LUBA 10
SOLD

LUBA 12
SOLD

LUBA 15
SOLD

LUBA 16
SOLD

LUBA 17
SOLD

LUBA 18
SOLD

 LUBA 19
SOLD

LUBA 6A
SOLD

LUBA 2
SOLD

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

LUBA, HEADRESTS 2, Dem. Rep. Congo

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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