By Carla Herling
Drake University (formerly University of Iowa)
One of the most noticeable characteristics of the Luluwa style is the emphasis of the umbilicus, which is the link between a mother and a child and is a reference to kinship traced through the mother's line. This superb Luluwa figure holds a bowl in which the white clay, a symbol of ancestral spirits, was placed. The scars that cover the body are especially elaborate.