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Statuette Lega Kakulu ka Mpito (N° 14282)

Ex-collection Belgian tribal art.
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 the property of the high-ranking officers 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, or whose arms are attached to the bust, would be a man who would suffer from the infidelities of his wife. He is also called Mukobania , to appoint 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, draped here under the chin in a small beard. The face still has weak residual inlays of kaolin. Art of the Lega, E.L.Cameron)  

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Originex-collection Devrindt
Material(s)wood, peau et poils d'animaux
Weight0.70 Kg

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