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Lega initiation figure of the Bwami (N° 20433)

Small figure studded with dots, carved without arms, whose bust forms a replica of the head.
The features of the face, hollowed out in the shape of a heart, with coffee bean eyelids, are reminiscent of the Lega masks imbued with kaolin.
Locally abraded matte patina, desiccation cracks.
The African art of the Lega , Balega, or Warega , is distinguished by its initiation statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket for the highest Bwami officials of different communities. This type of tribal art statuette Iginga ( Maginga in the plural), was the property of the high ranking members 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. Following their exodus from Uganda during the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. The role of chief, kindi , is held by the oldest man in the clan, who must be the highest ranking. As in other forest tribes, the men hunt and clear land while the women cultivate cassava. Social recognition and authority were also 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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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyLega
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height32
Width8
Weight0.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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