Anthropomorphic statuette with a face cut into a heart, reproducing the lega mask in miniature. The stocky morphology conveys a notion of vigor and stability.
Golden brown patina.
The tribal art of the Lega, Balega, or even Warega, is distinguished by its initiation statuettes, also made in ivory, some of which were kept in a basket intended for the highest ranking officers of the Bwami from different communities. This type of statuette of tribal art Iginga ( Maginga in the plural), was the property of the high-ranking officers of the 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 statuettes 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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