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Lulua Mask, Luluwa (N° 18930)

This Luluwa tribal mask, with a concave face and pointed chin, appeared at the funerals of dignitaries or during circumcision ceremonies. It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua , or Béna Lulua ,from West Africa, have 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 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 continued, 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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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyLulua
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height40
Width22
Weight0.80 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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