Bena Lulua Female Statue on Base 14.75″ – DR Congo – African Art


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This statue was carved in the style of the Bena Lulua people of DRC. The statue depicts a female figure with beautiful scarification on her face and body. The statue measures 14.75 inches tall including base and weighs 2.5 pounds. There is some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear – please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Figure, statue

Country of Origin

DR Congo


Bena Lulua


Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age









2.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.

Tribe Information

About the Bena Lulua People

“Lulua is an umbrella term, which refers to a large number of heterogeneous peoples who populate the region near the Lulua River; between the Kasai and Sankuru rivers. The Lulua people migrated from western Africa during the 18th century and settled in the southern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire). They number 300,000 and live in small regional chiefdoms and in times of crisis elect a common leader. The role of the village chief is to insure juridical, political and social cohesion. During the late 19th century, Lulua culture underwent radical changes. In 1875, the Lulua king, Kalambam, introduces new social and religious regulations, which ended the traditional palm-wine drinking and hemp smoking.
Their economy is mostly based on agriculture, hunt and trade. Primarily farmers, Lulua women grow manioc as a staple crop, as well as beans, sweet potatoes, maize, yams, peanuts, and bananas. The men are responsible for clearing the forest and preparing the soil for cultivation. They also hunt, fish with nets, and trap animals in the surrounding forests. Salt is found in the region and is collected and sold to neighbors to generate income.”


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