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Lwalwa Statuette (N° 24414)

More rounded than the known versions, our subject adopts compacted proportions, a barrel-shaped bust resting on thick, crenellated limbs of which the penis constitutes the central point. The broad head with salient features forms a softened version of the "hornbill beak" masks for which the Lwalwa are famous.
Patina of use, old, matte. Abrasions and cracks.
The Lwalwa live between Angola and Zaire, between the Kasai River and the Lweta. Historically having a matrilineal society, the Lwalwa, or Tukongo in Angola, after being influenced by Luba and Songye, adopted a patrilineal system within their political organization. and rudimentary social. They worship the spirits of hunting and nature. The nkaki male mask, carved from mulela wood, is one of the four types of masks produced by the privileged caste formed by their carvers. These artisans, according to their merits, can become leaders and organize dances, including the balango, a dance with acrobatic choreography. These masks are then exhibited, or worn during initiation ceremonies, or to appease the spirits after an unsuccessful hunt.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm29
Depth11 cm
Width9 cm
Weight0.75 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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