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Lega Statuette (N° 12811)

Ex-belgian African art collection.
Identifiable by its context of use, this male statue belonged to an insider of the Bwami and was part of a set used during the initiations. She could only be seen at that time. The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were exhibited, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of these objects, real metaphors referring to largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected, had to submit to expensive ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of the Bwami, the kongabulumbu , at great expense to the families. Each of these initiations took place over seven days and included at least seven performances. Individual items were then kept in a woven bag worn over the shoulder in a basket for those that were won collectively. This statue carved in a light wood features the famous face in the heart of Lega masks. It sports triangular and parallel scarifications, its headdress evokes one of the headdresses of aspirants to the Bwami.Patine bleached (Art of the Lega, E.L.Cameron) Within the Léga, the Bwami society open to men and women, organized social life and political. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also called Warega, these individuals live in self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on top of hills. The role of the chief, kindi, is held by the oldest man in 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. The base can be painted black according to your desire.
 

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Originex-collection Colmant
EthnyLega
CountryRCI
Material(s)wood, raphia
Height cm50
Width20 cm
Weight0.70 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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