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Sculpture Lega Sakimatwematwe (N° 19805)

The African tribal art lega and the ritual supports of initiation
African Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to an insider of the Bwami, this sculpture is one of "< objects> Masengo " of the Bwami ("s powerful"), among the many others used during the initiations. It comes in the form of a central trunk on which are sculpted four stylized, concave faces, directed in opposite directions. Related to a Lega proverb, with two or more heads, this statuette would always illustrate the need for a global view of events, and therefore the prudence, wisdom and impartiality that should result from it. (Biebuyck 1973) Satin patina. Desication cracks.
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 these metaphors, 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. Objects "gaged" individually were then kept in a woven bag worn over the shoulder, in a basket for those who were won collectively. (Art of the Lega, Cameron)
 

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyLega
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height31
Width10
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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