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Lega Water Pipe (N° 17743)

This lega water pipe consists of a gourd decorated with faces, cauris and peeled seeds. Its mouthpiece is wrapped in necklaces of glass beads. The object is topped with anthropomorphic bone-patterned tips.
The African 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 plural), was the property of the high-ranking 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. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also known as Warega, these individuals live in self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on the top of hills. The role of the leader, kindi , is held by the oldest man of the clan, who must be the highest ranking. As in other forest tribes, men hunt and clear while women grow cassava. Social recognition and authority also had to be won individually: the chief owed his selection to his heart (mutima), good character, intelligence, and impeccable behavior. Source: Art of the Lega E.L.Cameron  

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OriginColl. belge Lenoir
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)graines, os et ivoire, cauris, perles
Weight0.85 Kg

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