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Lega Bwami figure of initiation (N° 21810)

Sculpture relating to a proverb only known to initiates, this human figure has an erect arm and a stump. This attitude generally symbolizes the appeasement of a quarrel through the arbitration of an individual.
Clear abraded patina.
Desiccation cracks.
The tribal art of the Lega , Balega, or even Warega, is distinguished by its initiation statuettes, some of which were kept in a basket intended for the highest ranking officers of the Bwami from different communities. This type of Iginga tribal art statuette. Maginga in the plural), was the property of the high-ranking officers of Bwami, a secret society admitting men and their wives, and governing social life. This organization was subdivided into initiatory stages, the highest being the Kindi. The statues were used during the initiation of the aspirants. Each is a representation with a particular form and meaning from which always derives a morality or dogma. The particularity of the Lega, unlike other ethnic groups, is to judge the quality of their ritual objects according to their effectiveness.
 

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Originex-collection luxembourgeoise
EthnyLega
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm33
Width14 cm
Weight0.55 Kg

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