Tribal art > African Maternity > Luluwa figure
Multiple symbolic scarifications are inscribed on the body of the sculpted effigy with a protective vocation. This highly detailed statue, carrying two children, features a locally blackened orange patina. A summit excrescence depicting high braids rises from the headdress. Beautiful work featuring a balanced alternation of protruding reliefs.
The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or even Béna Lulua statues, with multiple scarifications, glorify local chiefs, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. This sculptural art was subject to the influences of neighboring ethnic groups (Chokwe, Luba, Kuba, ...)
It is in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo that the Lulua, or Béna Lulua, settled from West Africa. Their social structure, based on caste, is similar to that ...