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Bena Lulua male statuette (N° 21802)
The different types of African statues Luluwa , Lulua, or even Béna Lulua, with multiple scarifications, glorify the local chiefs, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. The statuettes of this type belong to the Buanga bua cibola cult, and are said to protect children and pregnant women. By the position of the hands in fact, this character highlights a prominent abdomen, the center of the body and "object of all solicitudes" ( The power of the sacred , M . Faïk-Nzuji ) Satin patina.
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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 leader of the Leopard society and mbulenga statuettes. related to the spirits of nature.