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Fertility figure Lulua Buanga Bua cibola (N° 18637)

The different types of statues Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua, with multiple scarifications, glorify local leaders, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. Figures such as the one presented are part of the cult Buanga bua cibola, and are believed to protect children and pregnant women. By the position of the hands indeed, this character highlights a prominent abdomen, center of the body and object of all solicitudes. ( The Power of the Sacred, M. Faïk-Nzuji) Protruding scarifications adorn the body, and a single curl of curies and pearls remains in the ear. Satin brown patina. Fine desication cracks.
The Lulua, or Béna 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.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyLulua
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, perles, cauri
Height35
Width8
Weight0.65 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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