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Lega Bwami initiation figure (N° 21157)

A head surmounts a seat "kisumbi" , emblematic element of the Yananio level of Bwami. Each of the initiates of this rank had indeed a stool that he kept until his death. This object forms a metaphor for the moral values of Bwami, its meaning evolving with the initiatory performances.. It was part of a set used during initiations into the Bwami society of the Lega. The teacher guided the aspirant in a place where masks and statuettes were exposed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of these metaphors, the latter referring largely to proverbs and sayings.
Light crusty patina. Cracks and erosions.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight0.45 Kg

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