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Fetish Lulua (N° 18673)

Ex-German African art collection.

The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua statues, presenting multiple scarifications, glorify the local chiefs, maternity, fecundity and the female figure. Figures such as the piece opposite are part of the Buanga bua cibola cult, and are believed to protect children and pregnant women. By the position of the hands, this figure highlights a prominent abdomen, center of the body and "object of all solicitude" ( The power of the sacred , M. Faïk-Nzuji ). Satin brown patina. Lacks, abruptions and cracks of desiccation.
It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua , or Béna Lulua ,from West Africa, have settled. 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 head of the Leopard society and statuettes mbulenga linked to the spirits of nature.  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyLulua
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm39
Width9 cm
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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