LUBA RATTLES, DRC

 

LUBA
Rattle1
9" high
$200

 

LUBA
Rattle 5
9.5" high
$200

 

LUBA
Rattle 6
10" high
$200


LUBA
Rattle 8
12.5" high
$200

LUBA
Rattle10
10" high
$200

LUBA
Rattle11
10" high
$200

The rattles below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

 

LUBA
Rattle 2
SOLD

 

LUBA
Rattle3
SOLD

 

LUBA
Rattle 4
SOLD


LUBA
Rattle 7
SOLD
 

LUBA
Rattle 9
SOLD

LUBA
Rattle 12
SOLD
  

Photographs © Tim Hamill

LUBA, Rattles, DRC

Most Luba art relates to kings and important chiefs, who defined their power by the display of prestige objects during important ceremonies. Dance rattles such as these all function, with seeds inside the guord sections, but were also used for display. Elaborate coiffures and scarification patterns attested to the high rank of both the depicted figure and the owner of the rattle. Similar in style and quality as Luba stools, headrests and other objects, these small figures are among the most prized in Africa.

The height listed is of the total rattle, not just the figure. All are mounted on 2" square iron bases, which are included in the price.

None of these rattles show signs of age or use. Despite their appearance they were probably made to be sold.

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