Designed to predict future events, this bowl bearer, known as a mboko was used primarily for divination practices, and was owned by both chiefs and royal diviners - ‘Bilumbu’. Luba bowl figures commemorate the first mythical Luba diviner and were used as oracles. They were also commissioned by rulers for use as containers filled with sacred chalk & other items, associated with purity, renewal, and the spirit world. The female figure represents the wife of the possessing spirit and alludes to the diviner’s actual wife as an intermediary.
Repair on the right arm.
Ex. Graven Images Gallery, New York and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.
Dr. Leon Siroto verbally authenticated the piece with Scott Rodolitz and said it was a small Mboko figure that would have been used in a shrine.
Width: 4 ⅞"