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Fetish Lwena (N° 18729)
Small statuette of atypical design in the form of an anthropomorphic figure whose tubular bust is devoid of arms. The top has a flat, circular growth repeating the volume of the head. This type of sculpture would be about human fertility and land fertility. Brown patina, usual prints.
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br>D. Lunda origin, the Lwena, Luena, emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the 19th century, repelled by the Chokwe. When some became slave traders, others, the Lovale, found refuge in Zambia. Their society is matrilineal, exogamous and polygamous. The Lwena became known for their sculptures depicting figures of deceased ancestors and chiefs, and their masks related to the initiation rites of the mukanda . Their sculpture was largely influenced by that of the Chokwe.
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