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Statues Lega Sakimatwematwe (N° 14074)

The African lega art and the ritual initiation materials
African Statue Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, this object is part of the objects " Masengo " of the Bwami (" things ("), among the many others used during the initiations. Its structure comes in a cylindrical central form supported by a foot cut in four. Three groups of four faces overlap, directed towards the four cardinal points. Clear matte skate. Lacks and erosions.
The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were displayed, 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 to them referring to 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 included at least seven performances. Individual items were then kept in a woven bag worn over the shoulder in a basket for those that were won collectively. (Art of the Lega, Cameron)
Relative 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)  

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EthnyLega
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height43
Width10
Weight0.70 Kg

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