Ancestor Figure - Bena Lulua People, D.R. Congo M27
Ancestor Figure - Bena Lulua People, D.R. Congo M27
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Ancestor Figure - Bena Lulua People, D.R. Congo M27

$2,950.00
The term "Lulua" was given to the Bena Moyo who lived on the banks of the Lulua River in Kasai by the first explorers in 1881, hence Benalulua. Their statuary is remarkable in the degree of its ancient scarification design which was a manifestation of the wish to be socially differentiated. The statuettes with truncated bases represented ancestors which protected against sorcerers, thieves, lightening and were used in divination sessions. The protruding abdomen of the women emphasizes the importance of lineage. The concentric circles on the navel symbolize life.

Field collected in D.R. Congo 1949/50 by Rev. Conner, Ex. Scott Rodolitz, and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.
Minor chips, repair on feet, and right ear.

Height: 13" x Width: 2 " x Depth: 2 ".

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