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.