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Luluwa Staff (N° 22692)

Various prestigious objects were sculpted by the Lulua, such as this dignitary insignia, sculpted with a "bwanga bwa cibola" maternity figure. Tegumentary motifs were marks of beauty with symbolic value, revealing extraordinary physical and moral qualities.
Nuanced brown patina, desiccation cracks.
Lulua is an umbrella term, which refers to a large number of heterogeneous peoples who inhabit the region near the Lulua River, between the Kasai and Sankuru rivers. The Lulua people migrated from West Africa during the 18th century and settled in the southern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). They produced few masks, but mostly statuettes of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama , as well as the head of the Leopard Society and statuettes< i> mbulenga related to nature spirits.
Ref. : "Initiates, Congo Basin". Ed. Dapper Museum; "African art", Kerchache; "Luluwa" C. Petridis, Mercator Fund.  

 


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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyLulua
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm85
Width8 cm
Weight1.10 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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