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Sculpted figure Lega Kasangala/Katanda (N° 18177)

A sculpted figure, among the many iginga objects referring to sayings charged with teaching the initiates of Bwami. The anthropomorphic sculptures with arms raised above the head would evoke, according to Cameron, the one who settled a dispute through his arbitration. These figures are named kasangala . At the same time, the object has a perforated bust of several holes, referring to the destructive work of a mat by red ants, also related to laziness and sexual debauchery. These objects are called Katanda. The object is coated with chipped kaolin.

This type of tribal art statuette was kept in the basket of high-ranking officers of the Bwami, a secret society that admits men and their wives, and governs social life. This organization was subdivided into initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi. The statuettes were used as the aspirants were introduced, cleaned and oiled. Each has a particular aspect and meaning from which a moral or dogma always derives. The peculiarity of the Lega, unlike other ethnic groups, is also to judge the quality of their ritual objects according to their effectiveness. Source: Art of the Lega E.L. Cameron; The Soul of Africa S.Diakonoff.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyLega
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height42
Width21
Weight1.36 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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