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. The protruding abdomen of the
woman emphasizes the importance of lineage. The figure was smaller
and probably worn by its owner. Women in Lulua culture are the
mediators between the living and spiritual realm.
Field collected in D.R. Congo early 1950’s by Rev. Conner, Ex. Scott
Rodolitz 1999 and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.
Right foot and horn on crest missing.
Height: 5 ¼"
Height including base: 6"
Depth: 2 ¼"