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Bena Lulua neck support (N° 18948)
The patterns associated with scarification are barely visible on the face and body of the human figure forming the human figure of this piece of African furniture. According to Rik Ceyssens in "Congo Masks" (p.156 . ed. M.L.Félix) and as evidenced by the sketches of H.M. Lemme who accompanied Frobenius on his travels to the Congo, this pattern of scarification loops was widespread in different Luluwa subgroups in 1905. The Bakwa also had this type of tribal scarring.
Lustrous mahogany brown patina.
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The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua statues, presenting multiple scarifications, glorify the local chiefs, maternity, fecundity and the female figure. It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua statues from West Africa have settled in the south of the country. Their social structure, based on castes, is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but mostly statues of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the head of the Leopard society and statuettes mbulenga linked to the spirits of nature.
("Tribal Art of Black Africa" JB Bacquart; "100 people of Zaire", M.L.Félix)
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|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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