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Staff of Office (lower segment)

early-mid 1800s
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Besides prestige emblems and symbols of power, these staffs were also historical documents that could be “read” like a sculptural map from top to bottom.


Sanctified by a ritual specialist and enhanced with medicinal substances, the staff possessed supernatural qualities and was endowed with healing power. Luba staffs are among the most important regalia of Luba kings. The metal point alludes to the kingdom's stability and durability. Each staff has its own distinctive iconography to reflect regional styles.
Staff of Office (lower segment)

Staff of Office (lower segment)

early-mid 1800s

Africa, Central Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Luba-style maker

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