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Zoomorphic figure Lega or Zimba (N° 17633)

This zoomorphic figure has a whitewashed hearted face reminiscent of the Lega masks. Among the productions of their neighbours Zimba, inspired by the Luba and Lega traditions, rare Simian statuettes were also used in the similar rites of Bwami. This kind of figure would refer to a proverb alone known to insiders. Particularly satiny dark patina, abrasions and crack on the head.
The tribal 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 ranks of the Bwami of different communities. This type of tribal art statuette Iginga ( Maginga in the plural), was the property of the high-ranking officers of the Bwami, a secret society that admits men and their wives, and governs social life. This organization was subdivided into initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi. The statuettes were used as the aspirants were introduced. Each is a representation with a particular form and meaning from which always derives a moral or a dogma.  

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Originex-collection allemande
Countryrdc ex zaire
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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