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Lulua figurative pipe (N° 18709)

Ex-collection African art. This figure with hands on the temples is depicted squatting on the stove on which the figure's oversized sex rests. The conical top hairstyle, extended from the pipe, probably evokes the tip of the hair named disungu. The face bears the traditional facial scarifications, once common practice.
Desiccation cracks. It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua , or Béna Lulua ,from West Africa settled.
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. Their social structure, based on castes, is similar to that of the Luba. During the late 19th century, the Lulua culture underwent radical changes. In 1875, the Lulua king, Kalambam, introduced new social and religious rules, which ended the traditional consumption of palm wine and the ban on hemp smoking. 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 statuettes mbulenga related to nature spirits.
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Ref:"Initiates, Congo Basin". Ed.musée Dapper ; "L'art africain", Kerchache
(Art tribal d'Afrique noire. JB Bacquart)  

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OriginEx-collection luxembourgeoise
EthnyLulua
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height50
Width15
Weight1.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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