Female Chibola Maternity Figure

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The Lulua practiced the cult of Bwanga Bwa Cibola which was thought to help women who suffered repeated still-births. An act of sorcery was blamed for still-births, and the woman consulted a diviner to help her carry her baby to term. The diviner  would advise the woman to have herself initiated into the bwanga cult which involved a certain number of dietary taboos and other prohibitions.

This statue would be given to the  initiate. She would go on to live in a small dwelling outside the village. The standing statues would be placed in a basket by the woman's bed. Like the other Lulua sculptures this figurine is covered with rich scarifications, which the Lulua see as tokens of beauty.

Provenance: Raskin Collection

Product Details:

  • Size: 30" x 7" x 8"
  • Shipping: $70
  • Material: Wood
  • Quantity: 1 available in stock
  • SKU: #LULUA03

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