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Ceremonial Staff (Kibango)

Arts of Africa

On View: African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor

Many Luba staffs are surmounted by a pair of female figures usually representing powerful spirit mediums. In Luba culture, these figures express a belief in women's powers to connect the worlds of humankind and the spirits.

CULTURE Luba
MEDIUM Wood, iron, organic materials
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 46 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 2 in. (118.7 x 14 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of Africa
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in African Storage Annex, East Gallery, 1st Floor
ACCESSION NUMBER 22.193
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Luba. Ceremonial Staff (Kibango), 19th century. Wood, iron, organic materials, 46 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 2 in. (118.7 x 14 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1922, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 22.193. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 22.193_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Ceremonial wooden staff with triangle shape and two female figures at top. The figures clutch their breasts and have scarification marks indicated on their abdomens. The triangle as well as the diamond shapes on the other end are decorated with geometric patterns. Condition is poor. There are two minor splits at the tip of the shaft measuring 1 3/4 in. and 2 1/2 in. long. There are several minor chips on the backs of the figures. There is a chip on the proper left corner of the large triangle near the top. The surface overall is coated with a substance that is shiny, resinous, and slightly sticky.
RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (89%)
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