I have this Lulua maternity statue and I'd love to hear your opinions on this piece.
I know that they are used to for fertility purposes but I wonder how they were actually used. Were they carried around and taken care of like a child like the fertility Ashanti dolls in Ghana?
Some details of this piece, the patina is quite particular like some of the Lulua statues seen in private collections and books - it has this red/brown and black patina. There are also encrustations in several areas. The carved scarification on the face seems "worn out" and "softer". Also the baby's face is also quite "worn out" and "softer", this can be seen in one of body close up picture if you look closely. I think all this is due to constant rubbing and touching of both the mother's and baby's face - if anybody knows why and if they did this at all it would greatly help in getting to know my piece more. Also I have no clue why it is pointed in the end... This is just a wild guess but I would think that they would stick it in the ground but I have no clue. There aren't any clear signs of the end being stuck in the ground though.
I have seen this style of statue (with the spike at the end) in a book where it sketches/outlines the basic shape of Lulua statues but I haven't actually seen any other real examples of this same type of statue in other collections. I also looked at the database of this group and couldn't find a Lulua statue of this same style.
Any help will be greatly appreciated as always:)