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Female figure Lulua, Luluwa (N° 17793)

The African art of Congo
The different types of statues Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua, present multiple scarifications, and glorify local leaders, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. This character associated with motherhood and protecting children has a streaked bust, center of the body and object of all care ( The Power of the Sacred, M. Faïk-Nzuji) . Erogenous and symbolic protruding scarifications, circles and checkerboards embellish strategic parts of its anatomy. The Lulua, or Bina Lulua from West Africa, settled in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their caste-based social structure is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but especially statues of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the head of the Leopard Society and statuettes mbulenga related to the spirits of nature. Despite Kalamba Mukwenge's attempt at the end of the 19th century to eradicate traditional cults by using autodafés, the religious system was maintained, such as the fertility cult tshibola.  

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Originex-collection suisse
EthnyLulua
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height47
Width11
Weight1.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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