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The plural of lukasa in the Luba language is nkasa. I must admit that I say lukasas, but if I am writing I do refer to the correct plural.
The image is from my new book, Memory Craft. The top left is my first glued luksasa. The top right is my new, nailed lukasa. The bottom two are the real thing from the Luba people of the Congo.
I glued my first lukasa. Used superglue but beads occasionally come off and I reglue them. Or leave the space. The first bead came off leaving a sharp bit of glue. That spike worked a treat for the emu who was encoded there, so I left it. I hadn’t designed the beads to match the information. I just used the random arrangement and it still worked. It doesn’t seem random to me now that I have a path through it. I group the tiny beads into a single location.
My new lukasa (top right) was modelled on the real thing, once I had seen them in the Brooklyn Museum. It was made for me by a luthier (instrument maker) using tiny nails like the Luba do. It was designed for my information (the history of writing, ironically) and works even better.