This is an old and rare example of Tribal Art from the Lulua peoples of the Congo, central Africa.A image of a mother holding two infants at her breast with some incised tribal motifs. Lulua sculptures often depict women carrying infants after giving birth, a reflection of the importance accorded to them in society. Figures like this mother and child were believed to offer protection, through the intervention of spirits, by the Bwanga Bwa Cibola society. After the successive loss of children through miscarriages or early infant death, a woman could be initiated into the society to protect herself from ominous forces suspected to be the cause of the deaths. Carved Lulua figures serve a number of spiritual and decorative roles and are known for their refined artistry.Carved wood with deep well handled patina and some obvious age and handling. Measures 14.5 inches tall on professional display stand.