Lu Me Dan Maternity 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 traditional sculpture is finished, the lu is introduced to the community at a grand feast organized by the chief (so only rich men can order a lüme for their wives).
After being shown, the figure is usually hidden in the house and then released only on important occasions.
The tribal sculpture of the headdress is truly remarkable. Beautiful scarifications cover the body. The headdress also features a hair representation with the addition of braided rope.
Beautiful old patina. Very beautiful object of African tribal art.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Size
45 x 15 cm
Ethnic group
Dan
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Ivory Coast
Origin
Tribal art collection Belgium
Condition
Excellent

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