African Cosmos: Stellar Arts
Photo: Photograph by Franko Khoury
In the central African Luba culture, twins are called "children of the moon" and are associated with divination and the spirit world. This Luba headrest supported by two female figures arm-in-arm suggests twinned spirit mediums. The rising moon serves as a metaphor for a heightened state of awareness and clairvoyance that occurs during spirit possession. This headrest was crafted in the mid to late 19th century.