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Luluwa, Lulua headrest (N° 20278)

A particularly creative design distinguishes the anthropomorphic foot of this neck rest. The head of the character, detached from the body, is indeed offset forward, supporting the plate whose extension leans on the neck, the voluminous feet balancing the whole. Dark patina with mahogany highlights, glossy. It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua , or Béna Lulua ,from West Africa settled. 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 chief of the Leopard society and mbulenga statuettes related to nature spirits. Despite Kalamba Mukwenge's attempt in the late nineteenth century to eradicate traditional cults through auto-da-fes, the religious system continued, such as the fertility cult tshibola .  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight1.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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