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Kasangala League/ Katanda figurines (N° 15106)

The anthropomorphic sculptures with arms raised above the head would, according to Cameron, evoke the one who settled a dispute through his arbitration. These figures are named kasangala . At the same time, the object has a punched bust of several holes, referring to the destructive work of a mat by red ants, also related to laziness and sexual debauchery. These objects are called Katanda. The face is smeared with chipped kaolin.
Oiled, sained, locally abraded patina, revealing the veining of a light wood.
This type of tribal art statuette was kept in the basket of 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, cleaned and oiled. Each has a particular aspect and meaning from which a moral or dogma always derives. The particularity of the Lega, unlike other ethnic groups, is also to judge the quality of their ritual objects according to their effectiveness. Source: " Art of the Lega" E.L. Cameron; "The soul of Africa" S.Diakonoff.  

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Originex-collection suisse
EthnyLega
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height35
Width13
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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