Lwalu masks are performed when a hunt had been
unsuccessful and help was sought from the
The 4 principal characters in Lwalu
dances were the hunter, chief, woman & diviner.
Each masked dancer performed dramatic gymnastic feats and each dance movement had a
specific name and meaning. It is thought that
by reenacting the social hierarchy, these masks
would restore order and balance and to ward off
repeated misfortune during the hunt.
12" x 7" x 4 1/2"
Note this is from the collection of Jacques Hautelet, who was a prominent Africanist.