LUBA GOURDS, DRC
In Luba traditional art a kabwelulu is a figure surmounting a gourd used during initiation rituals. The individual would place certain secret items in the gourd invoking the memory and experience of the initiation, creating an object that acquired power over time.
Despite their traditional form and appearance, these gourds exhibit little use or age and were probably made to be sold. Except for Gourd 1, which has a base stitched on, a round ring is needed for the gourd to stand. They are included.
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