Lot: 21992nd Tribal Art Auction
Ceremonial ax "kibiki" or "kasolwa"
D. R. Congo, Luba
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|German Private Collection
Sotheby's, Paris, 13 June 2018, Lot 83
|L: 16.1 inch (shaft) / 9.1 inch (blade)||
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, metal, base Beyond their role as prestige emblems, axes carry more profound messages in Luba royal ritual, playing a central role in the rites of "mbudye", the association responsible for inducting persons into royal office. In a symbolic sense, the axes "clear the way" for a functioning society with intact social and moral values. The engravings on the axe blades are called "ntapo", they also serve to convey certain messages.