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Female figure Luluwa (N° 16709)
The primitive art of Congo
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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 has a striated bust, center of the body and " object of all solicitudes" ( The Power of the Sacred , M. Faïk-Nzuji ) Erogenous and symbolic scarifications, circles and checkerboards embellish strategic parts of his anatomy.
It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua, or Bena Lulua, from West Africa, have settled. 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 continued, such as the fertility cult tshibola.
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||2ème halfxx°|
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