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Lega initiation figure of Bwami (N° 19086)
Ex-Swiss African art collection.
This statuette composed of figures placed back to back recalls the metoko sculpture by the exorbed cylindrical pupils. It would however be a figure "iginga" of the Lega with didactic vocation.
The surface, unpolished, shows adze strokes and residual kaolin inlays.
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, the latter referring largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected from it, had to submit to costly ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of Bwami, the kongabulumbu, at great expense to the families. Each of these initiations lasted seven days and included at least seven performances. The objects "won" individually were then kept in a woven bag carried on the shoulder, in a basket for those who were won collectively.
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