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League figurines (N° 13174)

Ex Belgian African art collection.
The primitive art of lega, Balega, or Warega, is distinguished by its initiation statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket for the highest rank of bwami from different communities. This type of statuette of tribal art Iginga ( Maginga plural), was the property 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 initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi. The statuettes were used as the aspirants were inited. Each is a representation with a particular form and meaning from which a moral or dogma always derives. The particularity of the Lega, unlike other ethnic groups, is to judge the quality of their ritual objects according to their effectiveness. A small, feminine figure, stocky, she is classically endowed with an ovoid face with half-closed almond eyes housed in a heart-like face. A middle ridge, in relief, divides the bust adeared with two metal rings. Patina of chipped kaolin. Cracks. Stabilized by felts placed under the base. Metal base on demand (see: "object associated"). Source: "The Soul of Africa" S.Diakonoff  

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Material(s)wood, metal
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid xx°
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