oa Africa Insight - The Mbole and their lilwa sculptures

Volume 15, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



A thorough morphological analysis of those anthropomorphic Mbole statues currently known to us has made it possible to establish the general characteristics of these sculptures and to discover different categories, under which they can be classified. These artistic creations cannot be studied out of their context as they are inextricably bound to the whole cultural organization. Therefore a concise summary of the ethnographic information on the Mbole is given for its relevance to a better understanding of their sculpture and its function. use and meaning.

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