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Lega figure (N° 22056)
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Small figure sculpted in rounded shapes and whose bust has a single arm stump. The features of the face recall those of lega masks imprinted with kaolin. Golden brown satin patina.
The African art of the Lega , Balega, or even Warega , is distinguished by its initiation statuettes, also made in ivory, some of which were kept in a basket intended for the highest ranking Bwami of different communities. This type of Iginga ( Maginga in the plural) tribal art statuette was the property of the high ranks of the Bwami, a secret society admitting men and their wives, and governing social life. This organization was subdivided into initiatory stages, the highest being the Kindi.
The role of the leader, kindi , is held by the oldest man in the clan, who must be the highest in rank. Social recognition and authority also had to be earned individually: the chief owed his selection to his heart (mutima), good character, intelligence, and impeccable behavior.
Source: "Art of the Lega" E.L.Cameron
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