Memory Board

Authentic Luba memory board called Lukasa. The Luba inhabit extreme southern section of DR
Congo (bordering Zimbabwe)

Lukas are hand-held wooden objects that present a conceptual map of fundamental aspects of
Luba culture. They illustrate the traditional Luba political system, historical chronicles of the
Luba state, the territorial diagrams of local chiefdoms. Each board’s design in unique and
represents the divine revelations of a spirit medium expressed in sculptural form. This an
example Lukasa using a system of denotation based on masses of shells and beads affixed to
their wooden surfaces; this example communicates the content through incised designs and
images carved in relief.

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