Large Female Luba Mboko (Cup Bearer) Statue
Large Female Luba Mboko (Cup Bearer) Statue
Large Female Luba Mboko (Cup Bearer) Statue
Large Female Luba Mboko (Cup Bearer) Statue
Large Female Luba Mboko (Cup Bearer) Statue
Large Female Luba Mboko (Cup Bearer) Statue
Large Female Luba Mboko (Cup Bearer) Statue
Large Female Luba Mboko (Cup Bearer) Statue
Large Female Luba Mboko (Cup Bearer) Statue
Large Female Luba Mboko (Cup Bearer) Statue
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Large Female Luba Mboko (Cup Bearer) Statue

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Among the Luba, diviners act as mediators between the spirit world and the living, using a mixture of white kaolin clay and medicinal herbs as part of their practice. This substance is stored a figure like this one, called a mboko. They are carved in the shape of a female figure because the Luba believe that women have a special connection to the spirit world, based on their sacred power to bear children. In the case of the mboko, the figure represents the wife of a contacted spirit.Mboki are also used during the ceremonies for the induction of a new chief. They serve as proof of the chief's authority and are displayed at his door. If lost or damaged, the chief's mboko must be quickly replaced, for it provides protection and prosperity to the community.

Dating from the first half of the last century the statue is in good condition. There is a split in the wood on the underside of the RHS leg but it does not affect the integrity of the figure.