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Statue Lulua (N° 19772)

Ex-collection African art from Monaco.
This Lulua male effigy covered with lozenges, circles, checkerboard rectangles, presents numerous symbolic erogenous scarifications that embellish the startling parts of the anatomy of this work. Very detailed, this statue is endowed with a glossy mahogany patina whose reliefs are lightened by use, it reveals the subtle veining of an exotic wood. It has the characteristic Lulua summit protrusion. The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or Béna Lulua statues, with multiple scarifications, glorify the local chiefs, maternity, fertility and the female figure. This sculptural art has been subjected to the influences of neighboring ethnic groups (Chokwe, Luba, Kuba, ...) 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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OriginEx-collection monégasque
EthnyLulua
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood dur et lourd
Height80
Width17
Weight3.55 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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