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Lulua box in caryatide (N° 19711)

Ex-collection French African art.
. In addition to their statuary, the Lulua produced a wide variety of carved objects for ceremonial or utilitarian purposes. This prestigious pot is supported by a squatting female figure. She wears jewelry, a loincloth, and complex scarification on both her neck and face. At the top, a squatting figure is said to ward off disease. The Tschokwe and Luba influences are also notable. Black brown oiled patina and kaolin. The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or Béna Lulua statues, with multiple scarifications, glorify the local chiefs, maternity, fertility and the female figure. Salient scarifications are drawn on the forehead of the perosnnage. Grey granular patina with localized erosions revealing a clear wood. 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 statuettes mbulenga related to nature spirits. (Tribal art of black Africa. JB Bacquart)  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight5.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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