Lukasa, or memory boards, are hand-held wooden objects that present a conceptual map of fundamental aspects of Luba culture. The lukasa is typically arranged with large beads surrounded by smaller beads or a line of beads, the configuration of which dictates certain kinds of information. The most important function of the lukasa was to serve as a memory aid that describes the myths surrounding the origins of the Luba empire, including recitation of the names of the royal Luba line. The lukasa fulfilled many mnemonic functions, for it could be interpreted in a number of ways.
Made of wood planks, some lukasa are simply carved in relief, while others, like this one, are first carved and then studded with beads and pegs. Material: Wood, Pigment, beads Overall Condition Good, some scrapes and wear. The item "African tribal art lukasa memory board, from the Luba tribe, D. Congo" is in sale since Thursday, September 23, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\African\Sculptures & Statues".The seller is "kalaske" and is located in Cappella. This item can be shipped worldwide.