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Bena Lulua mask (N° 20291)

This African facial mask, topped with a frontal crest, adopts the canons of traditional sculpture, as well as the curvilinear motifs associated with the scarifications of the ethnic group. According to Rik Ceyssens in "Congo Masks" (p.156. ed. M.L.Félix) and as attested by the sketches of H.M.Lemme who accompanied Frobenius on his travels in the Congo, this pattern of looped scarification was widespread among various Luluwa sub-groups in 1905. The Bakwa also sported this type of tribal scarring. These masks are used during circumcision rites and at funerals of notables. Satin patina. It was 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. Despite Kalamba Mukwenge's attempt in the late nineteenth century to eradicate traditional cults by means of autodafés, the religious system continued, such as the fertility cult tshibola .
(Tribal art of black Africa. JB Bacquart; "Umbangu, Art du Congo au Musée Royal du Cogo Belge" ed. Cultura.)  

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OriginEx-collection luxembourgeoise
EthnyLulua
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height44
Width25
Weight0.55 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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