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Lengola figure (N° 20894)

The stylized African art of the forest tribes.
Female figure with a flat face crossed by a long nose, probably associated with statuettes named akunga that were used by members of the female ekongo society. Dark lustrous patina.
The Lengola , are established near the Metoko in the center of the Congolese basin between the Lomami and Lualaba rivers, a primary forest people dedicated to the worship of a single God, a rare monotheism in Africa. Their society,the Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the Bwami association of the Lega. Their sculptures, subject to the influence of the neighboring Mbole, Lega and Binja, played a role during initiation,funeral or circumcision ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high rank initiates. Each of these figures had a name and a meaning for educational purposes, as in the Lega traditions. Sources: "Art and Life in Africa" C.D.Roy; "Fleuve Congo" F. Neyt; "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyLengola
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height20
Width5
Weight0.14 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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