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Lega Lukwakongo Blind Mask (N° 17078)

Appointed Lukwagengo, these African masks are worn on the face but at the back of the head, hung on the shoulders, attached to a bamboo support or hand-worn during dances. The dancer wore several masks during his performance.
This are the insignia of the penultimate rank of Bwami insiders who surround a mother mask named idumu .
The wooden versions measure about 20 cm while the bone or even ivory versions are even smaller. Within the Lea, the society of the Bwami 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 in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also known as Warega, these individuals live in self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on the 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. During ritual ceremonies, Idumu masks were presented to insiders placed on a fence and surrounded by smaller masks. The passage of a rank indicated the acquisition of a certain individual wisdom and morality.
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At the Lea, 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 in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also known as Warega, these individuals live in self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on the 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.

source: "The Tribal Art of Black Africa. J.B. Bacquart  

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Originex-collection hollandaise
EthnyLega
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height25
Width14
Weight0.25 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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