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Lega Ritual Harp (N° 14945)

The African art of Lega, Balega, or Warega , is distinguished by its statuettes and initiation masks, some of which were kept in a basket for the highest bwami officers of different communities. The Bwami, a secret society admitting men and their wives, governing social life, was subdivided into initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi. Music played a major role in rituals, such as this anthropomorphic musical instrument whose sounding board consisting of a drum stretched from a skin is located at the level of the character's abdomen. Faces with smiling faces, whose heart-whitening orbits, reminiscent of lega masks, are superimposed. The ropes were replaced by the previous owner. Desication cracks.
Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also called Warega, these individuals live in self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on top of hills. The role of the leader, kindi , is held by the oldest man of the clan, who must be the highest-ranking. As in other forest tribes, men hunt and clear while women grow cassava. Social recognition and authority also had to be won individually: the chief owed his selection to his heart (mutima), good character, intelligence, and impeccable behavior. Small stocky silhouette with muscular limbs, it displays a face sculpted in the heart in which the mouth has two sticks indicating the teeth. The piece was encased with a blackish cover partially abraded by use. Kaolin remains on the face. Source: "Art of the Lega" E.L.Cameron  

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Originex-collection espagnole
EthnyLega
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, peau animale, clous
Height62
Depth26
Width15
Weight1.95 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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