Luba Female Figure, Democratic Republic of Congo
height 12 1/2in (29.2cm)
finely carved with multiple raised striations accentuating the almond-shaped eyes, the long, slender neck raised above squared shoulders and pointed breasts, the elongated arms with the hands resting at the abdomen; fine varied dark brown and encrusted patina.
With the lack of scarification on the body and the hands placed on the abdomen rather than on the breasts, this figure departs from most Luba female representations, but the result is a well-balanced and harmonious composition.
Private Collection, California