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Lega mask (N° 23176)

This mask formed of an inverted split face would be associated with the primordial ancestors. It is coated with a thick layer of partially chipped white clay. Gray velvety patina. Height on base: 50 cm.
Settled on the shores and islands of Lake Kivu, the Bashi, Omushi, or even Banyabungu, form a Bantu group from the west, which the Lega came to mingle with, then joined by the pastoral populations of Rwanda. They live mainly from agriculture and cattle breeding. Cults of different origins are the basis of their religion. They venerate the souls of the dead: family ancestors, heroes, leaders. Although the groups of this region do not produce much sculpture, the Shi carved masks, and some objects associated with Lega rites. They are, however, renowned for their very diverse and beautifully crafted utility containers.
According to M.L. Félix: "100 People of Zaire and their sculpture".  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyLega
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm37
Width15 cm
Weight0.77 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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