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Statuette Lega Kakulu ka Mpito (N° 13854)

The African art of Lega, Balega, or Warega, is distinguished by its introductory statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket for the highest rank of bwami from different communities. This type of statuette Iginga ( Maginga plural), was owned by the high ranks of the Bwami, a secret society admitting men and their wives, and governing social life. This organization was subdivided into initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi. The statuettes were used as the aspirants were inited. Each is a representation with a particular form and meaning from which a moral or dogma always derives. The particularity of the Lega, unlike other ethnic groups, is to judge the quality of their ritual objects according to their effectiveness. The figure Kakulu ka mpito devoid of arms, however for our object whose arms are attached to the bust, would be a man who would suffer from his wife's infidelities. It is also called Mukobania , to designate a young man whose decision to invite foreigners would have been disastrous. The head of this character is most often hooded with goat or felid hair. The face still has residual kaolin inlays. Beautiful patina of satin use. (Art of the Lega, E.L.Cameron)  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyLega
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood, animal hair
Height27
Width10
Weight0.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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