Lot: 219

92e vente aux enchères Tribal Art

Hache cérémonielle "kibiki" ou "kasolwa"

R. D. Congo, Luba

Provenance Taille Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation
German Private Collection
Sotheby's, Paris, 13 June 2018, Lot 83
L: 41 cm (shaft) / 23 cm (blade) Cet objet n’est plus disponible.

wood, metal, base Beyond their role as prestige emblems, axes carry more profound messages in Luba royal ritual, playing a central role in the rites of "mbudye", the association responsible for inducting persons into royal office. In a symbolic sense, the axes "clear the way" for a functioning society with intact social and moral values. The engravings on the axe blades are called "ntapo", they also serve to convey certain messages.

Roberts, Mary Nooter, Memory, New York 1996, p. 76 f.