Lot: 21992e 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.