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It was in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua, or Bena Lulua, came from West Africa. Their social structure, based on castes, is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but mostly ancestral statues representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the leader of Leopard society and mbulenga statuettes related to the spirits of nature. Despite Kalamba Mukwenge's attempt at the end of the nineteenth century to eradicate traditional cults by resorting to self-harm, the religious system continued, such as the tshibola fertility cult.


Grand Mask Luluwa, Lulua
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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 warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the head of the Leopard Society and statuettes mbulenga related to the spirits of nature. Despite Kalamba Mukwenge's attempt at the end of the 19th century to eradicate traditional cults by using autodafés, the religious system was maintained, such as the fertility cult tshibola. The Luluwa's distinctive eye-watering face is accompanied by the warrior's headdress and a sculpted beard divided into five braids. Curvilinear and keloid patterns in lozenges alternate on the surface. Light abrasions, red ...


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Bena Lulua polychrome mask
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This frontal crest-capped African face mask adopts the canons of traditional statuary, as well as curvilinear motifs associated with ethnic scarifications. According to Rik Ceyssens in Congo Masks (p.156 . . . M.L.Félix) and as evidenced by the sketches of H.M.Lemme who accompanied Frobenius on his travels in Congo, this model of loop scarifications was then widespread in various Luluwa subgroups in 1905. The Bakwa also had this type of tribal scar. A handle was to make it easier to use. These masks are used during circumcision rites and at the funerals of notables. Abrasions of the matte patina.
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 ...


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Fetish Lulua
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Art tribal Lulua.
This crouching figure, hands on temples, has a base on which the character's oversized organs rest. The face wears traditional facial scarifications. The object bears residual inlays of tukula powder, which the group coated its sculptures with.
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. The Lulua people migrated from West Africa in the 18th century and settled in the southern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). There are 300,000 of them living in small regional chiefdoms and in times of crisis they elect a common leader.  The role of the village chief is to ensure political, legal and social cohesion.  During the ...


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Lulua Command Stick
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Prestigious stick with a cephalomorph handle extended from a ring section forming the neck. Beautiful abrased patina, slight gaps, desictating cracks.
The different types of statues Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua, with multiple scarifications, glorify local leaders, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. Protruding scarifications appear on the front of the perosnnage. .
Grey granular inpatine whose localized erosions reveal a clear wood. 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 warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the head of the Leopard Society and ...


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Female figure Luluwa
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The primitive art of Congo
The different types of statues Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua, present multiple scarifications, and glorify local leaders, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. This character associated with motherhood has a striated bust, center of the body and " object of all solicitudes" ( The Power of the Sacred , M. Faïk-Nzuji ) Erogenous and symbolic scarifications, circles and checkerboards embellish strategic parts of his anatomy.
Reddish patina.
It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua, or Bena Lulua, from West Africa, have settled. Their caste-based social structure is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but especially statues of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as ...


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Luluwa neck support
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The flat, gently curved extension of the character's hairstyle forms the tray of our tribal neck support. The sculptor ingeniously counterbalanced this surprising asymmetry by endorsing the human figure, central, with oversized feet. Mahogany brown patina, polished, sained.
It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua , or Bena Lulua , from West Africa, have settled. Their caste-based social structure is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but especially statues of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the head of the Leopard Society and statuettes mbulenga related to the spirits of nature. Despite Kalamba Mukwenge's attempt at the end of the 19th century to eradicate traditional cults by using ...


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Luluwa Mask
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This African face mask with a large frontal crest incorporates the features of traditional statuary, as well as curvilinear motifs associated with ethnic scarifications. It has a handle that was to make it easier to use. Kaolin inlays remain on the surface. Abrasions of the matte patina. It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua, or Bena Lulua, from West Africa, settled. Their caste-based social structure is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but especially statues of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the head of the Leopard Society and statuettes mbulenga related to the spirits of nature. Despite Kalamba Mukwenge's attempt at the end of the 19th century to ...


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Lulua Maternity
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African art > African Statues > Lulua Fetish

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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Luluwa Mask
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African art > African mask > Luluwa Mask

It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua, or Bena Lulua, from West Africa, settled. Their caste-based social structure is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but especially statues of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the head of the Leopard Society and statuettes mbulenga related to the spirits of nature. Despite Kalamba Mukwenge's attempt at the end of the 19th century to eradicate traditional cults by using autodafés, the religious system continued, such as the fertility cult tshibola. The face with the characteristic protruding eyes of the Luluwa is accompanied by the warrior's headdress and a sculpted beard divided into five mats. Curvilinear and checkered patterns alternate on the shiny black ...


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Luluwa Warrior Statue
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African art > African Statues > Statue Lulua

Ex-collection French African art.
The primitive art of CongoThe different types of statues Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua, present multiple scarifications, and glorify local leaders, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. This character sports a prominent umbilical and a streaked lower abdomen, 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 the anatomy of this warrior effigy. An appendage in the form of a loop ending in a bun forms her hairstyle. It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua, or Bena Lulua, from West Africa, settled. Their caste-based social structure is similar to that ...


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Luluwa Mask
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African art > African mask > Lulua Mask

It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua , or Bena Lulua, from West Africa, settled. Their caste-based social structure is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but especially statues of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the head of the Leopard Society and statuettes mbulenga related to the spirits of nature. Despite Kalamba Mukwenge's attempt at the end of the 19th century to eradicate traditional cults by using autodafés, the religious system continued, such as the fertility cult tshibola.
The face with the characteristic protruding eyes of the Luluwa is accompanied by the warrior's headdress and a beard divided into five mats. Curvilinear and checkered patterns alternate on the black ...


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Mbala Pindi maternity figure
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Ex-collection French African art.
A tribal sculpture of a woman, a child on the hip, it stands out by a careful representation of the details and has a beautiful oiled patina to the satin touch, lighter in the protrusions. This type of object was a sacred symbol of authority. The hairstyle depicted offers great similarities with the mukote cap which, among the western pends with which the Mbala shared the rituals of mukanda circumcision , became a symbol of the struggle against colonization in the early 20th century ( "Congo Masks", ed. M.L. Félix, p.114)
A large drying crack appeared. wood erosion. This motherhood, accompanied by a musician figure, Limba, was part of the pair of emblematic Pindi sculptures attributed to Chief Mbala during his induction. After a retreat of a ...


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Trunk Lulua, Luluwa, Bwanga bwa cibola
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Ex-collection Belgian African art.
The top of this African trunk with a carrying strap consists of a statuette associated with the bwanga bwa cibola fecundity cult that is also present in neighboring Luba and Songye. These tribal female sculptures were coated with earthy libations before each ritual and then cleaned. Adorned with bracelets and necklaces, motherhood is also endowed with abundant scarification, a common practice at the end of the 19th century in Central Africa. These symbolic motifs are taken up on the walls of the instrument. These marks were signs of beauty with symbolic value, revealing physical and moral qualities out of the ordinary. Indeed, physical beauty, translated by the necessary keloids, went hand in hand with moral integrity, supposed to give children a ...





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