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Lulua Statue (N° 23244)

The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or even Béna Lulua statues, with multiple scarifications, glorify local chiefs, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. This sculpture exalting the chief is dedicated to the cult buanga bua bukalenge. The prominent abdomen, center of the body and "object of all concern" (The Power of the Sacred, M.Faïk-Nzuji)and the face, are dotted with scarified motifs. Dark patina with gray reflections. Desication cracks.
It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua, or Béna Lulua, from West Africa settled. . Their social structure, based on caste, is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but mostly statuettes 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. (Black African tribal art. JB Bacquart)  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm34
Depth10 cm
Width10 cm
Weight0.54 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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