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Among the Lega, the Bwami society, open to men and women, organised social and political life. 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 known as Warega, they live in self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on hilltops. The role of chief, kindi, is held by the oldest man in the clan, who must be the highest ranking. As in other forest tribes, the men hunt and clear land while the women cultivate cassava.


Figure Lega Sakimatwematwe of Bwami
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Combined with a notion of foresight, this African sculpture Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) forms a symbol for an insider of the Bwami. Around a central foot topped by a toupee of feathers clump bleached faces whose eyes exorbitate stare in opposite directions.
The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were exposed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of these metaphors, the latter referring 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 ...

Figures Sakimatwematwe League
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African art lega and introductory materials.
African Tribal Brain Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to an insider of the Bwami, among the many others used during the initiations, its structure is in the form of a central trunk carried by legs around which three groups of faces overlap. The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were exposed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of these metaphors, the latter referring 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 ...


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Lega mask
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Ex-collection of Belgian African art.

This African Lega mask indicated the stage that its holder had reached in the Bwami, an apprenticeship society made up of different grades, and which was joined by wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of ngandu . Lustrous black-brown patina, residues encrusted with kaolin. Desiccation cracks. Height on base: 37 cm.
. Within the Lega, the Bwami society, open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda during 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 autonomous villages surrounded by palisades, usually on ...


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Lega mask
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This African mask Lega indicated the stage its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks,and joined by wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of the ngandu. A flat mask not intended to be worn, it was hung on a stockade among other masks, or attached to the arm.

Two-tone patina, residues encrusted with kaolin. Erosions.
Height on base : 32 cm.
Within the Lega, the Bwami society open to men and women,organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda during the seventeenth century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also known as Warega, they live in self-contained ...


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Lega initiation figure of the Bwami
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This "iginga" statuette of the Lega, for didactic purposes, has a hollowed out bust with a hole in the back. The face is in the image of the masks produced by the group. The small, stubby legs are reminiscent of legs. Dark patina, cracks and kaolin residue on the head. Among the Lega, the teacher of the Bwami initiation society guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of these metaphors, which largely referred to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected from it, had to undergo costly ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of the Bwami, the kongabulumbu, at great expense to the ...

Lega Bwami mask
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The sobriety of the African masks of the Lega. This African mask is used during the initiation rites of the Bwami society. It is open to both men and women. The center bears residues of kaolin. The passage of a rank indicated the acquisition of a certain wisdom and individual morality. Abraded two-tone patina. Height on base : 38 cm. Within the Lega, the Bwami society open to men and women,organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda during the seventeenth century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also known as Warega, they live in self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on hilltops. The role of chief, kindi, is held by ...


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Lega Iginga figure
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The tribal art of the Lega, Balega, or even Warega, is distinguished by its initiation statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket for the highest ranking Bwami of different communities. This type of tribal art statuette Iginga ( Maginga in the plural), was the property of the high ranking members 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 in the course of the initiation of the aspirants. Each one is a representation with a particular form and meaning from which a moral or a dogma is always derived. The particularity of the Lega, contrary to other ethnic groups, is to judge the quality of their ritual ...


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Bwami Lega initiation figure
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This Lega sculpture, whose morphology carved into the block of wood reveals reduced breasts pointing under enveloping shoulders, belonged to an initiate of the Bwami and was part of a set used during the initiations. Fingers like claws placed on the bust extend the arms, all evoking wings. The face qant to him adopts the recurring characteristics of lega sculpture. A flared base supports the object, itself fixed on a circular base.
Clear and matte patina, abrasions of use, velvety surface.
The Teacher of the Bwami guided the aspiring lega to a place where African lega 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, true metaphors largely referring to proverbs ...

Lega initiation figure of the Bwami
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Small figure studded with dots, carved without arms, whose bust forms a replica of the head.
The features of the face, hollowed out in the shape of a heart, with coffee bean eyelids, are reminiscent of the Lega masks imbued with kaolin.
Locally abraded matte patina, desiccation cracks.
The African art of the Lega , Balega, or Warega , is distinguished by its initiation statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket for the highest Bwami officials of different communities. This type of tribal art statuette Iginga ( Maginga in the plural), was the property of the high ranking members of the Bwami, a secret society admitting men and their wives, and governing social life.
This organization was subdivided into initiatory stages, the ...


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Lega Lukwakongo small mask
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Primitive Lega sculptures in African art. This mask, which was not intended to be worn, but handled during rituals, displays an oblong face in which the orbits are hollowed out in a heart. The center bears granular residues of white clay. This African Lega mask indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different grades, and which was joined by wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu . Total height on base: 26 cm Within the Lega, the Bwami society open to men and women,organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda during the seventeenth century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River ...


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Kasangala League/ Katanda figurines
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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 ...

Kasangala League Figurines
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Ex-collection of Italian African art.
In lega statuary, the anthropomorphic sculptures with arms raised above the head would evoke, according to Cameron, the one who settled a conflict through his arbitration. These figures are named kasangala. Heterogeneous brown/black, glossy patina with kaolin-encrusted residues. This type of tribal art statuette was kept in the basket 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, cleaned and oiled. Each one has a particular aspect and meaning from which a morality or dogma always derives. The particularity of the ...


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Lega mask
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This African mask is used during the initiation rites of the Bwami society. This society is open to both men and women. The passage of a rank indicated the acquisition of a certain wisdom and individual morality. Total height on base : 41 cm. Abraded dark brown patina.
Residues of kaolin.
Within the Lega, the Bwami society open to both men and women,organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda during the seventeenth century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also known as Warega, they live in self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on hilltops. The role of chief, kindi, is held by the oldest man in the clan, who ...


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Wayinda Lega Figurines
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African lega art and initiation materials.
Anthropomorphic statuette whose specificity lies in the truncated arms, and a rounded excrescence of the abdomen representing a pregnancy. These statuettes would return, according to Cameron in "Art of the Lega" (p.158), to an unfaithful wife. Abraded patina revealing a light wood. Erosion.
Among the many others used throughout the initiations, it belonged to an initiate of the Bwami. The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of the metaphors evoked by the sculptures, the latter referring largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in ...


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Iginga Lega of Bwami figure
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br>In African art, this anthropomorphic Lega sculpture, lacking arms, was intended for an initiate of the Bwami . It was part of a set used during initiations. The teacher guided the lega aspirant to a place where African lega masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of these objects, veritable metaphors referring largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected from it, had to undergo costly 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 involved at least seven performances. Objects "won" individually were ...


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Lega du Bwami figure
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Among the many others used in the course of initiations, this scuplture belonged to an initiate of the Bwami. The teacher would guide the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of the metaphors evoked by the sculptures, the latter referring largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected from it, had to undergo costly 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 involved at least seven performances. Objects "won" individually were then kept in a woven bag worn on the ...


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Lega du Bwami mask
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Ex-collection Belgian African art.
. Large Lega mask where the protrusion of the gaze is nestled under high orbits sculpted in a heart shape. The long nose, with its snubbed tip, is provided with nostrils, while a proportionally reduced mouth endows the physiognomy with a self-effacing character. The whitish coating of the patina is partially flaked. Velvety surface. Cracks, eroded inner edge.
Within the Lega, the Bwami society open to men and women,organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda during the seventeenth 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 ...


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Lega statuette of the Bwami
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African lega art and initiation materials.
Anthropomorphic statuette whose bust is framed by long arms enveloping like wings. The stocky legs flare out, giving stability to the object. Dark satin patina, abrasions.
Among the many others used throughout the initiations, it belonged to an initiate of the Bwami. The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of the metaphors evoked by the sculptures, the latter referring largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected from it, had to submit to costly ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of Bwami, the ...


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League Masque
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Belgian tribal art collection.
Mask offering a face scarified with parallel cuts. The surface bears residual inlays of kaolin where particles of mica shine. This carved work indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, an apprenticeship society composed of different ranks, and which was joined by wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu. Height on base: 62 cm.
Within the Lega, the Bwami society open to men and women,organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda during the seventeenth century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. In ritual ceremonies, Idumu masks were presented to ...


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Lega Iginga Janiform Bust
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Statuettes and moral codes in the African art of the Lega
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This Lega statuette, in the form of a conical-shaped neck surmounted by a double face, belonged to an initiate of the Bwami and was part of a set used throughout the initiations.
The teacher guided the lega aspirant to a place where African lega masks and statuettes were displayed, and it was through careful observation that the future initiate had to guess the more or less complex meaning of these objects, true metaphors referring largely to proverbs and sayings.
Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected from it, had to undergo costly ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of the Bwami,the kongabulumbu ,at great expense to the families. Each of these ...


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Lega Katanda/Kasangala statue
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The anthropomorphic sculptures with arms raised above the head would evoke according to Cameron the one who settled a conflict by his arbitration.
These figures are called kasangala .
At the same time, the object has a bust perforated with 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 coated with flaked kaolin.
Velvety patina locally abraded.br> This type of tribal art statuette was kept in the basket of the high ranking members 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 ...





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