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Statuette Lengola Akunga (N° 19740)
Stylized African art of the forest tribes.
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This figurine is reminiscent of Lega statuary. The face still offers the inlays of red and white colors around tubular pupils and a barely visible mouth. The narrow bust is framed by short digitized arms. These statuettes named akunga were used by members of the female ekongo society. Lustrous patina.
The Lengola , are established near the Metoko in the center of the Congolese basin between the Lomami and Lualaba rivers, a primary forest people dedicated to the worship of a single God, a rare monotheism in Africa. Their society,the Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the Bwami association of the Lega. Their sculptures, subject to the influence of the neighboring Mbole, Lega and Binja, played a role during initiation,funeral or circumcision ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high rank initiates. Each of these figures had a name and a meaning for educational purposes, as in the Lega traditions.
Sources: "Art and Life in Africa" C.D.Roy; "Fleuve Congo" F. Neyt; "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix.
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