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Katanda League Janiform Figurines (N° 12752)
The African art of lega, Balega, or Warega, is distinguished by its initiation statuettes, sometimes made in ivory.
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A flat surface perforated in multiple circles is the bust of this teaching statuette of the Bwami appled Mr Sleeping Mat Art of the Lega, E.L.Cameron) Mat means a mat, doormat, which would have been eaten by the red ants. Moreover, the object would represent, in Lega's thought, the result of sexual libertinism in society. From this shape emerges in the center a janiform head with the characteristics of Lega, face in heart and small toothed mouth. Smooth black-spotted brown patina, white pigments on faces. This type of statuette Iginga (Maginga in plural), was the property of the high-ranking officers of Bwami, a secret society admitting men and their wives, and governing social life. This organization was subdivided into initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi.
The statuettes were used as the aspirants were introduced. Each is a representation with a particular form and meaning from which always derives a moral or a dogma.
Source: The Soul of Africa S.Diakonoff
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