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A Guided Tour of LACMA's "Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks" Exhibit

Posted By: Sheila Tepper · 8/26/2013 10:00:00 AM
Caryatid stool, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luba peoples, 19th century
Wood (Ricinodendron spp.), fiber; 50 cm x 31 cm
Royal Museum for Central Africa 


This summer LACMA inaugurated its new permanent fallery for the arts of Africa with the exhibition Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa. The exhibit explores the artistic traditions and emblems of power from the Luba Kingdom, one of the most influential in Central Africa. The exhibition brings together figurative thrones, scepters, royal cups, intricately carved headrests and ancestral figures. Many of these items are rarely seen in the US and are on view for the first time in Los Angeles.

Arts Alive visited the exhibit and spoke with LACMA's new Curator of African Arts, Dr. Polly Roberts.

 

 

(right) male figure: Nkisi
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luba peoples, 19th century
Wood (Ricinodenrom spp.), cloth, beads, duiker (antelope) horn; H: 38 cm 
Royal Museum for Central Africa
(left) female figure: Nkisi
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luba peoples, 19th century
Wood (Vitex madiensis), cloth, beads, duiker (antelope) horn; H: 38 cm 
Royal Museum for Central Africa

 


Caryatid Stool, 19th century
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luba Peoples
Wood (Trichilia emetica), pigments and copper pins
Royal Museum for Central Africa 

 

Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa is on view until January 5, 2014.

 

Photos courtesy Susie Goodman

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