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Statuette Iginga Sakimatwematwe (N° 15125)

African lega art and initiation materials.
African tribal sculpture Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, among the many others used during the initiations, its structure is in the form of a central trunk around which janiform losangic faces overlap. 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 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. The objects " Masengo " of the Bwami ("powerful things") frequently exhibit gaps, punctures, or abrasions of wood, due to ritual sampling in order to use medicine. A decoction composed of particles mixed with water was then administered to the patient. (Biebuyck 1976) Satin patina and residual kaolin inlays. Very nice patina on which shine mica particles. A feather top was usually inserted at the top.
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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Originex-collection art africain suisse
EthnyLega
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height32
Width10
Weight0.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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