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Living between the Lubudi and Kasai Rivers in south-central Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Luluwa people are famous for their elaborately Luluwa: Central African Art Between Heaven and Earth draws on first-hand accounts from the 1880s to the 1970s of explorers, missionaries, colonial servants, anthropologists and art historians to situate Luluwa art in its original environment of production and use.
Through an analysis of published and unpublished sources as well as collection objects and archival photographs, this monograph sheds new light on the historical context of one of Central Africa’s most spectacular artistic legacies.
Constantine Petridis (Ph.D. in art history, Ghent University, Belgium, 1997) is chair of the Department of the Arts of Africa and the Americas at the Art Institute of Chicago.