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Lulua pot (N° 21687)

Monoxyle sculpture of a tobacco container, on the head of a female figure. The latter is depicted squatting on a conical base.
Black oiled patina.
Slightly missing at the base and cracks. It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua , or Béna Lulua ,from West Africa settled. Lulua is a generic term, referring to a large number of heterogeneous peoples who populate the area near the Lulua River, between the Kasai and Sankuru Rivers. Their social structure, based on castes, is similar to that of the Luba. During the late 19th century, the Lulua culture underwent radical changes. In 1875, the Lulua king, Kalambam, introduced new social and religious rules, which ended the traditional consumption of palm wine and the ban on hemp smoking. 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.
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Ref:"Initiates, Congo Basin." Ed.musée Dapper; "L'art africain", Kerchache
(Tribal art of black Africa. JB Bacquart)  

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OriginCollection belge
EthnyLulua
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm42
Width11 cm
Weight1.20 Kg

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