Chief's staff - ROM2014_14285_1

ROM2014_14285_1

Chief's staff

Maker: Unidentified Luba artist
Medium:Wood, iron
Geography: Democratic Republic of Congo
Date: Late 19th century
Dimensions:
168.3 cm
Object number: 919.12.45
Credit Line: The Walter Thomas Currie Collection
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionThe Luba of the Democratic Republic of Congo use carved objects as spatial and historical mapping devices. Chiefly staffs define and delineate, in their shape and decoration, the cardinal points of a socially and politically significant space, and that space's physical relationship to wilderness. They also convey information about genealogy and social hierarchy, providing a very rich and socially significant representation of space.
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