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Lulua Healing Mask

  • Healing Mask
Item 212
7.00 LBS
$17.00 (Fixed shipping cost)

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The Lulua considered them self to be Luba, a Pemba subgroup. The name Lulua was given to the Bena Moyo who lived on the banks of the Lulua River in Zaire by explorers in 1881. During the late 19th century, Lulua culture underwent drastic changes. In 1875 Lulua king Kalabam sanctioned new social and religious policies. He ended palm wine drinking, hemp smoking and had all cult carvings incinerated. In 18888 the use of scarification was banned. The impact on Lulua tradition was great. The Lulua were infamous for applying highly stylized incised scarification markings and patterns onto themselves and all related artwork. To them scarification signifies individuality and life itself. During the 1920s this tradition was reinstated artistically but unfortunately the patterns were simplified. Lulua carving efforts are focused mainly upon statuary that consists of men, women and mother child groups. Masks in general are rare. This hand held piece, used during healing rituals is complete with Lulua signature circular scarifications and other geometric insignia.

This selection is at least 25 years old.

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Dimensions: 16 1/4 inches long x 8 1/4 inches from widest point x 6 inches deep. 

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