Initiation mask of the Lega or the Leka, whose society, the Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the Bwami association of the Lega. A braided raffia cord highlights the oval shape of the mask, whose very close eyes surmount a nose crossed by a groove, and asymmetrical nostrils. The wide mouth, from the corners of which rise broken lines, is split horizontally. Star patterns complement the tribal scars.<

The Leka sculptures, subject to the influence of the neighboring Mbole, Lega and Binja, played a role during initiation, funeral or circumcision ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high-ranking initiates. Each of these figures had a name and a meaning for educational purposes, following the example of lega traditions. Kaolin patina, rings and cracks.
Height on base: 36 cm.

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OriginCollection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, raphia
Height cm23
Width15 cm
Weight0.41 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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