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Lari / Teke fertility pattern (N° 20961)

The traditional African art of the Lari bears the influence of the groups with which they cohabit: Beembe, Sundi, Bwende, and Teke. A population originating from the Kongo Kingdom, the Lari , Lali , Baladi , have settled in Teke territory. Matrilineal, they are organized into lineages headed by a chief mfumu kanda , and grouped in villages under the authority of the chief mfumu mpu. They live by agriculture and hunting, the latter requiring the use of specific rites in which sculptures come into play. Witch doctors and healers also employ statuettes, including "mamuanga", as well as sculptures relating to the initiation cult lemba .
An anthropomorphic figure with a bearded and striated face, this statue offers a typically Kongo keloid on the forehead. The arms are thrown back, hands strangely placed above the ears, a gesture whose meaning is unknown to us. The bulbous belly indicates a pregnancy, while the thick legs form a slight flexion. Velvety, grayish-brown patina. Desiccation cracks. Ref : "Art & Kongos" M.L. Félix (p.203 to 208)  

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OriginEx-collection luxembourgeoise
EthnyLari, Ladi
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height47
Width9
Weight1.45 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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