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Lega fetish statuette (N° 16590)

The African art of Lega , Balega, or Warega , is distinguished by its introductory statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket for the highest bwami officers of 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.Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also called Warega, these individuals live in self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on top of hills. The role of the leader, kindi , is held by the oldest man of the clan, who must be the highest-ranking. As in other forest tribes, men hunt and clear while women grow cassava. Social recognition and authority also had to be won individually: the chief owed his selection to his heart (mutima), good character, intelligence, and impeccable behavior. Small stocky silhouette with muscular limbs, it displays a sculpted face similar to ethnic masks. Sitting with her hands placed in the center of a bulbous abdomen, she also sports a belt made of strings of vegetable fibers on which a crusty veil testifies to ritual anointings. A feather top, with a base of fibers and resinous materials, rises to the top. Source: "Art of the Lega" E.L.Cameron  

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Originex-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, plumes, plant fibre
Weight0.45 Kg

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