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Lega mask (N° 23614)

This African Lega mask indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different grades. Of great simplicity, he expresses a certain sweetness thanks to his heart-shaped face and his fine features. Black, matte and abraded patina of use.
Within the Léga, the Bwami society, open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda during the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Social recognition and authority also had to be earned individually: the chief owed his selection to his heart (mutima), good character, intelligence, and impeccable behavior. During ritual ceremonies, Idumu masks were presented to initiates placed on a barrier and surrounded by masks of smaller format. This mask is used during the initiation rites of the Bwami society. This is open to both men and women. The passage of a rank indicated the acquisition of a certain individual wisdom and morality.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyLega
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height cm26
Width17 cm
Weight0.27 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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