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Lega figure (N° 16696)

The tribal 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 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.
Small stylized sculpture, often relating to a proverb only known to the initiates, it presents a hollowed out bust and a raised arm. This type of figure generally symbolized the appeasement of a quarrel by the arbitration of an individual. Dark abraded skate reflecting a light wood. Source: "The Soul of Africa" S.Diakonoff  

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Origincollection belge
EthnyLega
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height27
Width6
Weight0.15 Kg

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