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Protective figure Bena Lulua (N° 20524)

The different types of statues Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua, with multiple scarifications, glorify local chiefs, maternity, fertility and the female figure.
Belonging to the cult Buanga bua cibola , this female figure is believed to protect children and pregnant women. Through the position of the hands in fact, this figure highlights a prominent abdomen, the center of the body and "object of all solicitudes" (The Power of the Sacred , M. Faïk-Nzuji ) Salient scarifications adorn the body. Satin brown patina.
Glossy black patina, desiccation cracks.
It was in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua, or Béna Lulua, settled from West Africa. Their social structure, based on castes, is similar to that of the Luba. 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 mbulenga statuettes related to nature spirits.  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyLulua
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height38
Width9
Weight0.80 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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