African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Lwena figure

Lwena figure (N° 23248)

This Chokwe or Lwena statuette, associated with the Hamba type therapeutic cult, embodies a female ancestor. These figures were arranged around the muyombo altar, a tree at the foot of which sacrifices and offerings were once made. Sculptures made in sticks or poles (Mbunji or mbanji) planted in the ground were also associated with it. The related ethnic groups had this same type of altar, a witness before which rituals, oaths and important transactions were concluded.
Beautiful abraded dark brown patina, desication cracks. Of Lunda origin, the Lwena emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the 19th century, repulsed by the Chokwe. When some became slave traders, others, the Lovale, found refuge in Zambia. Their society is matrilineal, exogamous and polygamous. The Lwena became known for their mainly honey-coloured sculptures, embodying figures of deceased ancestors and chiefs, and their masks linked to the initiation rites of the mukanda.  

Watch the video

290.00 € 232.00 ( -20.0 %) 
Possibility of payment in2x (2x 116.0 €)

This item is sold with its certificate of authenticity

Estimated shipping cost





Originex-collection belge
EthnyLwena, Luena
Countryangola
Material(s)wood
Height cm37
Width10 cm
Weight0.95 Kg

You could also be interested by these items
Statue IgboStatue BassaBuste LegaStatue NyaméziStatue Lega

You must login to access these options
   Warn me if a similar item is added to the catalog
   Warn me if the price decreases
Manage my alerts


You have question on this item ? contact us


Previously viewed items
African art  -  New York - Paris - London

© 2022 - Digital Consult SPRL

Essentiel Galerie SPRL
73A Rue de Tournai - 7333 Tertre - Belgique
+32 (0)65.529.100
visa Master CardPaypal