The Luba peoples and its empire can go back as far as the 15th century. It is believed to have come from the Upemba depression which is now known as the heartland of the Luba. Under the leadership of Ilungu the Luba...
Like most cultures in Africa, Luba peoples come from all over the continent but there is always a location within a country that has the most concentrated numbers of that following. Luba is a culture which currently...
The true appreciation of African Art comes from understanding its history, culture, and purpose. There are many concepts that need to be taken into consideration when one observes these objects in a live setting or...
My “unknown” African artwork and I met on February 18th. From that moment I knew nothing about it and it knew nothing about me. This two month and 9 day journey was all about reconstructing the cultural and historical context. Through rigorous investigation and late nights we understood our culture, power, and purpose. With time I came to realize my object was a staff. It had particular carvings and materials which helped me orient my findings. I figured out it came from a group of people who identify as Luba. After the research I felt confident in my results but as a result of F. Lamp’s See The Music, Hear The Dance I understood the process of transporting art pieces from Africa to the west. It was shocking to see the things “runners” do to make their load lighter or more appealing to the westerners. I found the “dealers” had as much to blame as the “runners” because they would break parts off to sell them as two separate pieces. In all honesty, I found the reading to be revealing and gross. I wanted to make sure that the results I ended with were valid. I didn’t want to be another person with another set of findings that had not been proved or at least tried to prove, therefore I thought of connecting the parts that identify my object to other objects. This would allow for a collection of already analyzed objects to identify my object. This content would be shown as a small compare and contrast. This would allow for the viewer to go back and forth between objects and verify my findings.
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Roberts, Mary Nooter., Allen F. Roberts, and S. Terry. Childs. Memory: Luba Art and the Making of History. New York: Museum for African Art, 1996. Print.