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Lulua Wooden Chibola Sculpture of a Woman - PF.5015
Origin: Southeastern Congo
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 10.75" (27.3cm) high x 2.75" (7.0cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Wood


Additional Information: AS

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Lulua statuary is readily identifiable by the degree of scarifications and the dignity of the poses. Among their statues, the small Mbulenga, or female charm statuettes, are probably the most famous. Maternity figures, known as Chibola, are worn on a belt, hence the loop on the back of the head, and are made to protect the newborn child or the baby about to be born. A Chibola also stands guard over childbirths with its benevolent expression and vigilant eyes. The protruding abdomen of the females emphasizes the importance of the lineage, while the concentric circles around the pointed navel symbolize life. A series of rings on the head balance aesthetically with the scarification rings around the long neck and top of shoulders. The upper part of the breasts has a band of checkerboard scarification. Short, strong legs are supported by large feet, the knees are bent with the buttocks protruding, while the stance makes the figure tilt backwards, further emphasizing the extended stomach. The unity of form and decoration combine to make this statuette very special, and we can well understand why it would be comforting to a woman expecting a child. - (PF.5015)

 

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