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Lega Bwami initiation statue (N° 20866)

The African art lega and initiation supports Sakimatwematwe (Multi-headed).
Belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, among the many others used in the course of initiations, this sculpture is in the form of a central trunk carried by tall legs. Clustered faces look toward the four cardinal points.
In relation to a Lega proverb, endowed with two or more heads, this sculpture would always illustrate the need for a global vision of events, and therefore the prudence, wisdom and impartiality that should follow.(Biebuyck 1973) The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of these metaphors, which largely referred to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected from it, had to undergo costly ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of the Bwami, the kongabulumbu ,at great expense to the families. Each of these initiations took place over seven days and involved at least seven performances. Objects "won" individually were then kept in a woven bag worn on the shoulder, in a basket for those won collectively.
Matte grainy patina. Cracks, erosions.

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Originex-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm55
Width11 cm
Weight2.50 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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