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Sakimatwematwe Lega figure (N° 17455)

A stylized tribal statuette named Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to an insider of the Bwami, among the many others used during the initiations, its structure is in the form of a central trunk around which two groups of losangic faces, in the concave centre, are directed in the north-south and west-east directions. According to a Lega proverb, this statuette would always illustrate the need for a global view of events, and therefore the prudence, wisdom and impartiality that should result. (Biebuyck 1973)
As initiation course, the teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were exposed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of metaphors illustrated by the sculptures, the latter referring largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected, had to submit to expensive ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of the Bwami, the kongabulumbu, at great expense to the families. Each of these initiations took place over seven days and featured at least seven performances. Items won individually were then kept in a woven bag worn over the shoulder, in a basket for those who were won collectively.
Lustrous brown meds, flaky, grainy residues, pigments  

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Originex-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid xx°

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