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Lulua maternity figure (N° 17901)
Sensitively carved, this scene values the female capacity to care for life.
Raised patterns, erogenous and symbolic protruding scarifications, form the adornment of this African statue figure. These "maternities" and statuettes were meant to protect the child and its mother. Cracks.
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The various types of statues Luluwa,Lulua, or even Bena Lulua, featuring multiple scarifications, glorify 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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