Lu Me Dan figure - SOLD OUT

Commissioned by powerful leaders as three-dimensional portraits of their favorite wives, the African art characters Lü Me also sometimes serve as maternity characters with babies carved on their backs.

Once the sculpture is finished, the lu is presented to the community at a grand feast organized by the chief (so only rich men can order a lüme for their wives).
After being presented, the African tribal art figure is usually hidden in the house and then released only on important occasions.
It is covered with a patina encrusted with blue pigment, meaning the magical aspect of the room. A small lack is to be noted at the level of the nose.
The sculpture of the headdress is truly remarkable.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Size
52 x 14 cm
Ethnic group
Dan
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Ivory Coast
Origin
Tribal art collection France
Condition
Very good

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