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Lulua Maternity (N° 19768)
Ex-collection African art from Monaco.
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Lozenges, protruding erogenous and symbolic scarifications, circles and checkerboard rectangles, embellish strategic parts of the anatomy of this work. This very detailed statue, in whose arms a child rests, has a lustrous patina with reliefs lightened by use, revealing the subtle grain of the wood. The headdress has an outgrowth at the top with high braids.
The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua statues, with multiple scarifications, glorify the local chiefs, maternity, fertility and the female figure. This sculptural art was subject to the influences of neighboring ethnic groups (Chokwe, Luba, Kuba, etc.).
The Lulua, or Bena Lulua, settled in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo from West Africa. Their social structure, based on castes, is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but mainly statues of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the chief of the Leopard society and mbulenga statuettes linked to the spirits of nature. (Tribal art of Black Africa. JB Bacquart)
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