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Zula ancestor figure (N° 20331)
Rare male figure of a chief leaning on a stick, probably Zula, Zuri, Wazula, still called Luba-Maniema, established in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the north of Luba territory.
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The broad torso of the ancestor bears a band of engraved motifs, indicating traditional scarification. The stretched limbs are characteristic of Zula art.
An iconoclastic raid, under the influence of Islamic occupiers, caused the disappearance of most of the Zula ritual sculptures. The latter nevertheless safeguarded the cult of the ancestors, the cult devoted to the alunga spirit, and perpetuated the use of offerings to the spirits of nature.
Zula society, divided into castes, has its origins in the Lubas. The Zulas became associated with the Arabs ( Tippo Tip) during the 19th century in the ivory and slave trades.
Satin patina, desiccation cracks.
Litt. "100 Peoples of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Felix.
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