Tribal art > African fetish > Luluwa fetish
The different types of African statues Luluwa, Lulua, or even Béna Lulua, with multiple scarifications, glorify local chiefs, motherhood, fertility and the female figure.
Fetishes were used to aid hunting, protection and healing. The use as a fetish of this squatting human sculpture, with an emaciated body, and bearing scarifications in relief, remains rare. Light brown satin patina.
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 caste, is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but mostly statuettes of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the leader of the Leopard society and statuettes mbulenga related to ...