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The Lulua, or Bena Lulua, settled in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo from West Africa. Their social structure, based on castes, is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but mainly statues of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the chief of the Leopard society and mbulenga statuettes linked to nature spirits. Despite Kalamba Mukwenge's attempt in the late 19th century to eradicate traditional cults by burning them, the religious system continued, such as the Tshibola fertility cult.


Bena Lulua mask with handle
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This Luluwa mask is associated with circumcision rites and funerals of dignitaries.
Curvilinear designs and lozenge motifs alternate on the surface.
According to Rik Ceyssens in "Congo Masks" (p.156 . ed. M.L.Félix) and as attested by the sketches of H.M.Lemme who accompanied Frobenius on his travels in the Congo, this pattern of looped scarification was widespread among various Luluwa subgroups in 1905. The Bakwa also sported this type of tribal scarring. Satin black patina.
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It was in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua , or Bena Lulua ,from West Africa 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, ...


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Luluwa ancestor figure
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Lulua

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Used in the rituals associated with the cult buanga bua bukalenge , this male figure representing an ancestor bears abundant facial and body scarification, a common practice in late 19th century Central Africa. These marks were signs of beauty with symbolic value, revealing extraordinary physical and moral qualities. The concentric circles suggest not only great stars, but also hope. " These statues of warriors, whose right-angled arms would be associated with vigor, participated in the investiture and funeral of chiefs. Scaled granular patina. Cracks of desiccation.
Lulua Lulua is a generic term, referring to the large number of heterogeneous peoples that populate the region near the Lulua River, between the Kasai and Sankuru ...


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Bena Lulua mask
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Luluwa mask

This African facial mask, topped with a frontal crest, adopts the canons of traditional sculpture, as well as the curvilinear motifs associated with the scarifications of the ethnic group. According to Rik Ceyssens in "Congo Masks" (p.156. ed. M.L.Félix) and as attested by the sketches of H.M.Lemme who accompanied Frobenius on his travels in the Congo, this pattern of looped scarification was widespread among various Luluwa sub-groups in 1905. The Bakwa also sported this type of tribal scarring. These masks are used during circumcision rites and at funerals of notables. Satin patina. It was in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua , or Béna Lulua ,from West Africa settled. Their social structure, based on castes, is similar to that of the Luba. They ...


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Lulua, Luluwa mask
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The powerful expressiveness of this mask lies in the projected volumes, the large globes with globular eyelids characteristic of the Luluwa, the curvilinear and pellet-like keloids protruding from the black surface.
The Lulua masks were used mainly during circumcision rites and at the funerals of notables. According to Rik Ceyssens in "Congo Masks" (p.156. ed. M.L.Félix) and as attested by the sketches of H.M.Lemme who accompanied Frobenius on his trips to the Congo, this pattern of looped scarification was widespread among various Luluwa sub-groups in 1905. The Bakwa also sported this type of tribal scarring. br>It was in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua , or Béna Lulua ,from West Africa settled. Their social structure, based on castes, is ...


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Statuette of fertility Lulua
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Lulua statue

The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or even Bena Lulua statues, with multiple scarifications, glorify local chiefs, maternity, fertility and the female figure. The statuettes of this type belong to the Buanga bua cibola cult, and are supposed to protect children and pregnant women. By the position of the hands in fact, this figure highlights a prominent abdomen, the center of the body and "object of all solicitudes" (The power of the sacred , M. Faïk-Nzuji ) Prominent scarifications adorn her body. Satin patina.
It was in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that the Lulua , or Béna Lulua ,from West Africa settled. Their social structure, based on castes, is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but mostly statues of ancestors representing ...


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Figure masculine Lulua, Bena Luluwa
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The different types of statues Luluwa,Lulua, or even Bena Lulua, presenting multiple scarifications, glorify the local chiefs, maternity , fertility and the female figure. This prestigious figure is associated with the cult buanga bua bukalenge . The prominent, striated abdomen, center of the body and "object of all solicitudes" (The power of the sacred , M. Faïk-Nzuji )and the face, are strewn with lozenges, erogenous and symbolic protruding scarifications, circles and rectangles in checkerboards. A conical summit appendage representing a high braid rises to the level of the fontanel.
Gray grainy patina with localized erosions revealing a light wood. It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua , or Béna Lulua ,from West Africa settled. Their social ...

Luluwa, Lulua headrest
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African art > Head rest > Lulua headrest

A particularly creative design distinguishes the anthropomorphic foot of this neck rest. The head of the character, detached from the body, is indeed offset forward, supporting the plate whose extension leans on the neck, the voluminous feet balancing the whole. Dark patina with mahogany highlights, glossy. It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua , or Béna Lulua ,from West Africa 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 chief of the Leopard society and mbulenga statuettes related to nature spirits. Despite Kalamba Mukwenge's attempt in the late nineteenth century to ...


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Prestigious figure Bena Lulua
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Luluwa Statue

Used during the rites associated with the cult buanga bua bukalenge , this male figure representing an ancestor sports abundant facial and bodily scarifications, a common practice in the late 19th century in Central Africa. These marks were signs of beauty of symbolic value, revealing extraordinary physical and moral quality. Concentric circles suggest not only the great stars, but also hope. " These statues of warriors, whose right-angle arm position would be associated with vigour, participated in the investitures and funerals of the chiefs. Black brown velvety patina. Indigenous restoration using staples at the top.
Lulua is a generic term, which refers to a large number of heterogeneous peoples that populate the area near the Lulua River, between the Kasai and Sankuru rivers. ...

Maternity figure Lulua Buanga Bua cibola
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The different types of statues Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua, with multiple scarifications, glorify local leaders, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. Figures such as the one presented belong to the cult Buanga bua cibola, and are supposed to protect children and pregnant women. By the position of the hands indeed, this character highlights a prominent abdomen, center of the body and object of all solicitudes. ( The Power of the Sacred, M. Faïk-Nzuji) Scarifications protruding ornetn its forehead. Browned patina rather dull.
The Lulua, or Béna Lulua from West Africa, settled in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their caste-based social structure is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but especially statues of ancestors representing the ideal ...

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African art > Used objects, pulleys, boxes, loom, awale > Luluwa Hearts

Various prestigious objects were sculpted by the Lulua, such as these horns sculpted with a figure of a couple in the round, hunting or warrior ancestors. The decorative motifs are based on traditional scarification marks. These marks were signs of beauty with symbolic value, revealing outstanding physical and moral qualities. The concentric circles suggest not only the great stars, but also hope. Dark satin patina. Lulua is a generic term, referring to a large number of heterogeneous peoples who inhabit the area near the Lulua River, between the Kasai and Sankuru Rivers. The Lulua people migrated from West Africa during the 18th century and settled in the southern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). They number 300,000 and live in small regional chiefdoms and ...

Bena Lulua headrest
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African art > Head rest > Bena Lulua headrest

A particularly creative design distinguishes the anthropomorphic foot of this neck rest. Huge feet balance the whole. Glossy mahogany patina. The Lulua, or Bena Lulua, settled in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo from West Africa. Their social structure, based on castes, is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but mainly statues of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the chief of the Leopard society and mbulenga statuettes linked to the spirits of nature. Despite Kalamba Mukwenge's attempt in the late nineteenth century to eradicate traditional cults by burning them, the religious system continued, such as the tshibola fertility cult.


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Statuette Lulua, Bena lulua
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This African male statue of an ancestor, hunter or warrior, played a role during buanga bwa bukalenge rituals to increase the prestige of the chief. It has various scarifications, a common practice at the end of the 19th century in Central Africa. These marks were signs of beauty with symbolic value, revealing outstanding physical and moral qualities. The concentric circles suggest not only the great stars, but also hope. " These statues of warriors, whose position of the arms at right angles would be associated with vigor, participated in the investitures and funerals of chiefs.
Patina satin finish. Desiccation cracks.
Lulua is a generic term, referring to a large number of heterogeneous peoples who populate the area near the Lulua River, between the Kasai and Sankuru ...

Statue Lulua
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This Lulua male effigy covered with lozenges, circles, checkerboard rectangles, presents numerous symbolic erogenous scarifications that embellish the startling parts of the anatomy of this work. Very detailed, this statue is endowed with a glossy mahogany patina whose reliefs are lightened by use, it reveals the subtle veining of an exotic wood. It has the characteristic Lulua summit protrusion. The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or Béna Lulua statues, with multiple scarifications, glorify the local chiefs, maternity, fertility and the female figure. This sculptural art has been subjected to the influences of neighboring ethnic groups (Chokwe, Luba, Kuba, ...) The Lulua, or Bena Lulua, settled in the south of the Democratic Republic of ...


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Lulua Maternity
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Lulua Maternity

Ex-collection African art from Monaco.
Lozenges, protruding erogenous and symbolic scarifications, circles and checkerboard rectangles, embellish strategic parts of the anatomy of this work. This very detailed statue, in whose arms a child rests, has a lustrous patina with reliefs lightened by use, revealing the subtle grain of the wood. The headdress has an outgrowth at the top with high braids. The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua statues, with multiple scarifications, glorify the local chiefs, maternity, fertility and the female figure. This sculptural art was subject to the influences of neighboring ethnic groups (Chokwe, Luba, Kuba, etc.). The Lulua, or Bena Lulua, settled in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo from West Africa. Their social ...


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Bena Lulua handle mask
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Used for circumcision rites and funerals of dignitaries, this Luluwa mask has a rounded crest and a handle that evokes a beard. Curvilinear motifs and keloids alternate on the surface. According to Rik Ceyssens in "Congo Masks" (p.156. ed. M.L.Félix) and as attested by the sketches of H.M.Lemme who accompanied Frobenius during his travels in the Congo, this pattern of looped scarification was widespread in various Luluwa sub-groups in 1905. The Bakwa also sported this type of tribal scarring. Height on base: 50 cm .
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It was in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua , or Béna Lulua ,from West Africa settled. Their social structure, based on castes, is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but mostly statues of ancestors representing ...


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The different types of statues Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua, presenting multiple scarifications, glorify local leaders, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. This sculptural art has been subject to the influences of neighbouring ethnic groups (Chokwe, Luba, Kuba, ...) By the position of the hand of the character the gaze is directed towards the abdomen embellished with transdtional motifs in relief, center of the body and " object of all solicitudes" ( The Power of the Sacred , M. Faïk-Nzuji ) Diamonds, erogenous and symbolic protruding scarifications, checkered circles and rectangles embellish strategic parts of his anatomy. This very detailed statuette presents a glossy patina with reliefs thinned by the use, revealing the subtle veining of the wood. Top growths of high braids ...


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Lulua box in caryatide
African art > Jars, amphoras, pots, matakam > Lulua Box

Ex-collection French African art.
. In addition to their statuary, the Lulua produced a wide variety of carved objects for ceremonial or utilitarian purposes. This prestigious pot is supported by a squatting female figure. She wears jewelry, a loincloth, and complex scarification on both her neck and face. At the top, a squatting figure is said to ward off disease. The Tschokwe and Luba influences are also notable. Black brown oiled patina and kaolin. The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or Béna Lulua statues, with multiple scarifications, glorify the local chiefs, maternity, fertility and the female figure. Salient scarifications are drawn on the forehead of the perosnnage. Grey granular patina with localized erosions revealing a clear wood. It is in the south of the ...


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Lulua Mask
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Ex-collection African art from Belgium.
This mask with large concave orbits and a curved pointed chin offers many similarities with those of the neighboring Mbagani. It appeared during circumcision rituals and at the funerals of notables. Locally abraded satin patient. Colored highlights.
Scarifications were signs of beauty with symbolic value, revealing extraordinary physical and moral qualities. The concentric circles suggest not only great stars, but also hope. "
Lulua Lulua is a generic term, referring to the large number of heterogeneous peoples who populate the region near the Lulua River, between the Kasai and Sankuru Rivers. The Lulua people migrated from West Africa during the 18th century and settled in the southern part of the Democratic Republic ...


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Bena Lulua neck support
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African art > Head rest > Luluwa headrest

The patterns associated with scarification are barely visible on the face and body of the human figure forming the human figure of this piece of African furniture. According to Rik Ceyssens in "Congo Masks" (p.156 . ed. M.L.Félix) and as evidenced by the sketches of H.M. Lemme who accompanied Frobenius on his travels to the Congo, this pattern of scarification loops was widespread in different Luluwa subgroups in 1905. The Bakwa also had this type of tribal scarring. Lustrous mahogany brown patina.
The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua statues, presenting multiple scarifications, glorify the local chiefs, maternity, fecundity and the female figure. It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua statues from West ...


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Fertility statuette Lulua Buanga bua cibola
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Fetish Lulua

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The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua statues, presenting multiple scarifications, glorify the local chiefs, maternity, fecundity and the female figure. Figures such as the piece opposite are part of the Buanga bua cibola cult, and are believed to protect children and pregnant women. By the position of the hands, this figure highlights a prominent abdomen, center of the body and "object of all solicitude" ( The power of the sacred , M. Faïk-Nzuji ). Satin brown patina. Lacks, abruptions and cracks of desiccation.
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 ...

Fertility figure Lulua Buanga Bua cibola
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African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statuette Luluwa

The different types of statues Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua, with multiple scarifications, glorify local leaders, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. Figures such as the one presented are part of the cult Buanga bua cibola, and are believed to protect children and pregnant women. By the position of the hands indeed, this character highlights a prominent abdomen, center of the body and object of all solicitudes. ( The Power of the Sacred, M. Faïk-Nzuji) Protruding scarifications adorn the body, and a single curl of curies and pearls remains in the ear. Satin brown patina. Fine desication cracks.
The Lulua, or Béna Lulua from West Africa, settled in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their caste-based social structure is similar to that of the Luba. They produced ...





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