Tribal art > African Statues > Statue Lwena
Of Lunda origin, the Lwena emigrated from Angola to Zaire in the 19th century, repelled by the Chokwe. When some became slave traders, others, the Lovale, found refuge in Zambia. Their society is matrilineal, exogamous and polygamous. The Lwena became known for their honey-coloured sculptures, embodying figures of deceased ancestors and chiefs, and their masks related to the initiation rites of the mukanda . This figure of power seems to be linked to the prestigious hunting society of The Lwena. Equipped with a machete and fruit, the character would symbolize fertility. However, the meaning of the position of the feet, curiously sculpted upside down, is not known to us.
Missing at the top (for ritual purposes?), abrasions, clear matte patina.
Peacefully settled in eastern ...