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Luba Staff of Office

Superb Luba Staff of Office.

Luba Staff of Office



Democratic Republic of Congo

Wood, metal, patina of age.


27 inches tall (70 cm)


Early to mid 20th Century.


Jean-Pierre Hallet (1927-2004)

No known exhibitions


No known publications


Known as kibango, these staffs of office were owned and displayed by Luba kings and other titleholders as documents of their sovereignty over specific territories. Hereditary objects passed down the royal lineage, kibangos played a critical part in precolonial inauguration ceremonies, during which the chief’s sister and/or first wife heralded him with the kibango (as trumpets or drums heralded some rulers) and placed it next to the throne. The ruler held the staff as he swore his oath of office. These high ranking office holders display their staffs at public events and re-enact historical narrations to honor ancestors and teach their descendants about family ties to Luba kingship. These ornately carved wands evoke the archtetype of the staff bestowed upon the mythic culture hero Kalala Ilunga, first in the line of Luba rulers who founded the wealthy and powerful Luba state in what is today southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Excellent condition.

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 24 × 12 × 12 in
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