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Bwami Lega Bilondo necklace
African art > Jewelry, ornament > Collier League

A prestigious badge of an initiated member of the Bwami, this necklace, which was worn daily, incorporates bilondo objects publicly indicating the status achieved by its holder. If the uninitiated reads certain signs, the follower will understand more deeply the symbolism of wearing this or that accessory.
The necklace consists of carved wooden beads and bone teeth, horn, talisman in the form of a miniature mask in ivory, cauri and pearl.
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 chief, kindi , is held by the oldest man of the clan, who must be the highest ...

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Katanga Handa Cross
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African art > Coins in bronze, black iron and other materials > Katanga Handa Cross

Piece of Jan Putteneers African art collection(Antwerpen, Belgium). Collected part "in situ" in 1945.

The first croisettes copper appear in the 13th century in the tombs of southern Katanga current at the same time as cowries and beads of glass paste, used also as a means of payment. They will be in use until the 1920s.
Besides the use of currency, also served croisettes badge of dignity and power.

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