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Introductory statuette of Bwami Lega (N° 19693)

African Lega art and initiation materials
Male statuette with a massive head reminiscent of the sculpted masks of the Legas. Thick legs support the whole. Chipped matte patina.
Among the many others used during initiations, it belonged to an initiate of the Bwami. The teacher would guide the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of the metaphors evoked by the sculptures, the latter referring largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected from it, had to undergo costly ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of the Bwami, the kongabulumbu ,at great expense to the families. Each of these initiations took place over seven days and involved at least seven performances. Objects "won" individually were then kept in a woven bag worn on the shoulder, in a basket for those won collectively.  

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Originex-collection allemande
EthnyLega
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height34
Width14
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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