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Female figure Lega Kakulu (N° 19020)
A particular structure for this small Lega iginga kakulu statuette: indeed, thick arched legs support a small winged board constituting the bust of the figure, itself surmounted by a bulbous head. The trunk, provided with protrusions for the breasts, is engraved on both sides with motifs associated with scarifications or tattoos specific to Lega. The eyeballs are exorbed in a face carved in heart.
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Golden beige satin patina.
This type of tribal art statuette was kept in the basket 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 during the initiation of the aspirants, cleaned and oiled. Each one has a particular aspect and a particular meaning from which a moral or a dogma always derives.
The particularity of the Lega, contrary to other ethnic groups, is moreover to judge the quality of their ritual objects according to their effectiveness.
Source: "Art of the Lega" E.L. Cameron; "The Soul of Africa" S.Diakonoff.
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