A Remarcable Old Female Figure – MBULENGA – Bena Lulua – DR Congo
Hardwood. Cm. 62,5 high (24.61″). Grams 2.528,0 (89.17 oz). Tukula powder has been used to embellish the object, resulting in its rough red patina.
The Lulua ethnic group is situated in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic Congo, more precisely along the Lulua river valley.
These kind of figurines are female charm statuettes referred to as Mbulenga, meaning artistically excellent or beautiful.
The objects have a great importance in the tribe, watching over the health of mother and child before and after birth. This particular statue presents typical elements of the Lulua aesthetics, such as the scarifications all over the body and the rounded elongated limbs and neck. The protruding abdomen of the woman emphasizes the importance of the lineage.
Former prestigious gallery in Paris.
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