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Statuette Lega initiation mask (N° 14051)

The primitive art of the Lega, Balega, or Warega, is distinguished by its initiation 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 of tribal art 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. Unusual structure for this figure - mask with a broad circular face, devoid of bust, and whose phallus, placed at the level of the beard, values the masculine attributes. Skate mate. Tarnished kaolin residue.  

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Originex-collection belge
EthnyLega
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height40
Width20
Weight0.91 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960

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