This sculpted female figure elegantly visualizes Luba concepts of feminine beauty, maturity, and civilization. Her hair is carefully arranged, and her eyes are downcast in modesty. Her body is elaborately decorated with scarification (ntapo) with named patterns inspired by things in nature. The figure’s glossy surface refers to a real-life feminine practice of applying oil nightly to scarified skin in order to heighten attractiveness. Her pose is that of a mature woman holding her breasts to signify women’s responsibility to guard the secrets of royalty.
CMAA is an experience created by African artifacts collector Eric Edwards, who has amassed one of the largest African art collections in the United States. In a journey of over fifty years of carefully selecting these items, which date back to over four thousand years, these rare and unique African artifacts are now being shared with the public in a museum setting for education and joy.
Address: Cultural Museum of African Art, Inc. The Eric Edwards Collection 1360 Fulton St, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11216
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