This African statuette of a male ancestor, hunter or warrior, has various scarifications in relief, a common practice at the end of the 19th century in Central Africa. Its pendant necklace forms a protective fetish.
These marks were signs of beauty with symbolic value, revealing extraordinary physical and moral qualities. The concentric circles suggest not only the great stars, but also hope. " These statues of warriors, whose position of arms at right angles would be associated with vigor, participated in the investitures and funerals of chiefs. Brown patina, cracks.
Lulua is a generic term, which refers to a large number of heterogeneous peoples who inhabit the region near the Lulua River, between the Kasaï and Sankuru rivers. 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< i> mbulenga related to nature spirits.
Ref. : "Initiates, Congo Basin". Ed. Dapper Museum; "African art", Kerchache
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