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Lulua warrior (N° 21581)

This African statue depicts a male ancestor, a hunter or warrior with his weapon and shield, bearing various scarifications in relief, a common practice at the end of the 19th century in Central Africa. His pendant necklace in the form of a statuette forms a protective fetish. These marks were signs of beauty with symbolic value, revealing outstanding physical and moral qualities. The concentric circles suggest not only the great stars, but also hope. " These statues of warriors, whose position of the arms at right angles would be associated with vigor, participated in the investitures and funerals of chiefs.
Locally abraded brown patina, ochre residue. Desiccation cracks.
Lulua is a generic term, referring to a large number of heterogeneous peoples who populate the area near the Lulua River, between the Kasai and Sankuru Rivers. During the late 19th century, the Lulua culture underwent radical changes. In 1875, the Lulua king, Kalambam, introduced new social and religious rules, which ended the traditional consumption of palm wine and the ban on hemp smoking. They produced few masks, but mostly statues of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama , as well as the chief of the Leopard society and statuettes mbulenga related to nature spirits.
Ref:"Initiates, Congo Basin". Ed.musée Dapper ; "L'art africain", Kerchache Watch the video

 


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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyLulua
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm131
Width32 cm
Weight11.10 Kg

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