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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.


Ancestor figure Bena Lulua, Luluwa
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Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Luluwa

This male African statue of an ancestor, hunter or warrior, is equipped with abundant scarifications, a common practice at the end of the 19th century in Central Africa. These marks were signs of beauty of symbolic value, revealing physical and moral quality out of the ordinary. Concentric circles suggest not only the great stars, but also hope. U.
These statues of warriors, whose right-angled arm position would be associated with vigour, participated in the investitures and funerals of the chiefs.
Locally peeled grey brown patina. Desication cracks.
Lulua is a generic term, which refers to a 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 ...

Bena Lulua Prestigious Seat
Tribal art > African Chair > Luluwa chair

The backrest and legs of this dignitary's chair take up the signs associated with the body scarification of the ethnic group. The face of the figure with the ringed neck on top of the seat also features salient motifs. 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 to the Congo, this model of scarification in loops was then widespread in different Luluwa subgroups in 1905. The Bakwa also had this type of tribal scarring. Comfortable seating. Glossy patina, shaded brown, orange reflections. Erosions, slight superficial cracks.
The different types of Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua statues, presenting multiple scarifications, glorify the local chiefs, maternity, ...


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Lulua Maternity Figure
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Tribal art > African Maternity > Statue Lualua

The different types of statues Luluwa, Lulua, or Bena Lulua, with multiple scarifications, glorify local leaders, motherhood, fertility and the female figure. The umbilical is particularly prominent, the center of the body and the 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 and face of perosnnage.
s dark satinpatine.
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 ...


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Lulua rider figure
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Tribal art > African Rider > Cavalier Lulua

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 rider sports a prominent umbilical, center of the body and " object of all solicitudes" ( The power of the sacred , M. Faïk-Nzuji ) Protruding, erogenous and symbolic scarifications, checkered circles and rectangles differentiate it. It features a talisman collar in the form of a figurine, a fly-fly on the shoulder, and a shield. His sword is missing.
Desication Decisions. Chocolate satin 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 to that of the Luba. They produced ...


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