Dan Lu Me maternity figure - SOLD OUT

Refined maternity figure "Lu Me" from traditional african art in Dan land African statues such as these were commissioned by powerful chiefs of the Dan people to represent their favourite wives, and expressed prestige and status. Lu Me statues also act as fertility figures and often have images of a small baby to the back. When the image is completed the Lu Me is introduced to the community through a ritual involving a large feast hosted by the chief. After the ritual the statue is kept hidden in the house and only brought out during special occasions.A carved wooden statue of a female with the hair pulled up to the top of the head in two bunches, with a tress of hair falling down the forehead; open mouth displaying teeth. The body with pendulous breasts engraved with geometric motifs to represent scarification marks. The arms held out the side. Across the neck a string of multicoloured glass beads, one hanging down with cowrie shell pendant. Across the waist multiple strings of colored glass beads with a cloth waistband below. To the right ankle a iron anklet.Origin : private collection, FranceDating : 1940Materials : wood, beads, shells

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Expert's estimate
Ethnic group
Baoulé / Baulé
Ivory Coast
Tribal art collection France

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