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Kasangala League Statues (N° 18130)
In the lega statuary, anthropomorphic sculptures with arms raised above the head would evoke, according to Cameron, the one who settled a dispute through his arbitration. These figures are named kasangala . The piece features a honey patina with kaolin inlays.
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This type of tribal art statuette was kept in the basket of high-ranking officers of the Bwami, a secret society that admits men and their wives, and governs social life. This organization was subdivided into initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi. The statuettes were used as the aspirants were introduced, cleaned and oiled. Each has a particular aspect and meaning from which a moral or dogma always derives. The peculiarity of the Lega, unlike other ethnic groups, is also 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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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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