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Lulua Mask, Luluwa (N° 18848)
The forehead and prominent features of this African mask form a powerfully expressive face here. The face with protruding eyes in large white globes, characteristic of the Luluwa, is also accompanied by a beard gathered in horn-like braids. Curvilinear and keloid lozenge patterns alternate on the glossy black-brown surface of the wood. Very slight abrasions. mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the head of the Leopard society and statuettes mbulenga linked to the spirits of nature. In spite of Kalamba Mukwenge's attempt at the end of the 19th century to eradicate traditional cults by resorting to autodafés, the religious system was maintained, such as the cult of fertility tshibola.
(Tribal art of Black Africa. JB Bacquart; " Umbangu, Art du Congo au Musée Royal du Cogo Belge" ed. Cultura).
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