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Sakitmatwematwe Lega Figurine (N° 18959)

African lega art and ritual supports of initiation
African statue Sakimatwematwe (Multi-headed) belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, this sculpture is part of the objects " Masengo " of the Bwami ("powerful things"), among the many others used throughout the initiations. It is presented in the form of a human figure, a strange little character with a stretched bust on which appear two faces directed towards opposite edges. Matte golden brown patina. Slight lacks and erosions. kongabulumbu , at great expense to the families. Each of these initiations lasted seven days and included at least seven performances. Items "won" individually were then kept in a woven bag carried on the shoulder, in a basket for those who were won collectively. (Art of the Lega, Cameron)
Relative to a Lega proverb, endowed with two or more heads, this statuette would always illustrate the need for a global vision of events, and thus the prudence, wisdom and impartiality which should result from it (Biebuyck 1973).  

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Originex-collection E. Caldwell - USA
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight0.45 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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