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Lega figure (N° 22642)

Among the Lega, members of the highest rank of the Bwami, the Kindi, kept the fetishes out of sight. This specimen in the form of a head, a phallus and high legs, is hollowed out in its center and filled with composite materials.
Height on base: 19 cm.
Dark brown satin patina.
The tribal art of the Lega, Balega, or even Warega, is mainly distinguished by its initiation statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket intended for the highest ranks. Bwami from different communities. This type of Iginga statuette ( Maginga in the plural), was the property of the high ranking officers of the Bwami, a secret society admitting men and their wives, and governing social life. This organization was subdivided into initiatory stages, the highest being the Kindi. The statuettes were used as and when the aspirants were initiated. Each is a representation with a particular form and meaning from which a morality or a dogma always derives. Ref. : "Art of the Lega", E.L.Cameron  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm15
Width6 cm
Weight0.26 Kg
Socle includedYes

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