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Kasangala League Figurines (N° 18739)

In lega statuary, anthropomorphic sculptures with arms raised above the head would evoke, according to Cameron, the one who settled a conflict through his arbitration. These figures are named kasangala . The object has an abraded honey patina with residues encrusted with kaolin.
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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Originex-collection italienne
EthnyLega
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height30
Width9
Weight0.15 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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