Democratic Republic of the Congo

The 15,000 Lula settled along the banks of the Nseki River. Today they live in autonomous villages and their economic survival depends on hunting and fishing. Stylistically, their statues show Teke-like facial scarifications, while the carved coiffure and the general morphology of the figures are influenced by the Yaka. The Lula carved small apotropaic figures (25 cm high) and prestige objects such as flywhisks and headrests. In the 1980s, Lula masks first appeared in the West. They are covered with blue and white pigments and have oblong shape and typical rounded eyes. They are thought to have been worn by the guardian of the initiation camp. (adapted from J.-B. Bacquart, The Tribal Arts of Africa, Thames and Hudson,   N. Y., 1998) 


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