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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.


Lega Lukwakongo mask
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Bleached kaolin face, protruding almond eyelids in concave eye sockets, narrow mouth placed in the end of the chin, make up the traditional canons of this African lega mask. This tribal mask indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and which was joined by the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu. Satin brown patina, clear kaolin residue.
High on a base: 44 cm. Within the Lea, 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 in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also known as Warega, these ...


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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 in 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 dogma always derives. The particularity of the Lega, contrary to other ethnic groups, is to judge the quality of ...


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Lega Bwami mask
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Mask offering an oval face, in which the heart-shaped orbits present an asymmetric look. Residual incrustations of kaolin. Golden patina. This carving indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, an apprenticeship society composed of different grades, and which was joined by wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of the ngandu. Height on base: 29 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 initiates placed on a fence and ...


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Lega Kayamba small mask
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Reduced version of this African Lega mask whose horns allow identification. Satin patina, residual kaolin. These masks indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and joined by wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu. Sold with base. Total height: 24 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 in 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 ...


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Lega Bwami statue
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In African art, this anthropomorphic sculpture of the Lega, lacking arms, was intended for an initiate of the Bwami .
It 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,kongabulumbu, at great expense to the families. Each of these initiations took place over seven days and involved at least seven performances. ...


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Lega Iginga Introductory Statuette
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A sculpted figure associated with a proverb or saying, whose only Bwami initiates could decipher and understand the symbolic significance. Inventive, rectangular proportions for this little character whose head takes up the cannons of Thega masks. Feet and hands are digitized, hands gathered in front of the bust. Mate patina, velvety, desicit 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 ranks of the Bwami of different communities. This type of tribal art statuette Iginga ( Maginga in the plural), was the property of the high-ranking officers of the Bwami, a secret society that admits men and their wives, and governs social life. This organization was ...

Large lega Idumu mask
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Ex-collection of Belgian African tribal art.
Within the Lea, the society of the Bwami 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 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 leader, kindi, is held by the oldest man of 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, ...


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Lega Bwami mask
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Characteristic of traditional Lega masks, this work carved in a flat volume, with the facial features outcropping, 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.
. Light patina, crusty residue of kaolin. Cracks.
Height on base: 46 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, ...


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Lega/Zimba bust
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African art among the Lega
. Among the many others used throughout the initiations, this African sculpture featuring a head carried on a conical neck belonged to an initiate of the Bwami.

Light velvety patina.
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 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 ...


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Lega figure
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The tribal art of lega, Balega, or Warega, is distinguished by its introductory statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket for the highest rank of bwami from different communities. This type of statuette of tribal art Iginga ( Maginga 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 initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi. The statuettes were used as the aspirants were inited. Each is a representation with a particular form and meaning from which a moral or dogma always derives. 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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Lega Lukwakongo mask
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A flat shape on which edges draw severe lines for this African Lega mask. It was not worn in front of the face but was placed on a rack with other masks of different sizes, attached to the arm, the neck, or held by hand. This African Lega mask was an emblem of the kongabulumbu , lower stage of the Bwami (similar copy in "Trésors d'Afrique" ed. C.De Vries - Brouwers, p.239). This learning society, composed of different grades, was joined by wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of ngandu . Height on pedestal: 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 ...


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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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Statuette Lega Kakulu ka Mpito
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Ex-collection Belgian tribal art.
African art of Lega, Balega, or Warega, is distinguished by its introductory statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket for the highest rank of bwami from different communities. This type of statuette Iginga ( Maginga 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 initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi. The statuettes were used as the aspirants were inited. Each is a representation with a particular form and meaning from which a moral or dogma always derives. The particularity of the Lega, unlike other ethnic groups, is to judge the quality of their ritual objects according to ...


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Masque League
African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Masque League

A slender shape and clean features for this Lega mask that was not worn in front of the face but arranged on a claie with other masks of different sizes, attached to the arm, the neck, or held by hand. The eyebrow arch is streaked with hatches associated with traditional scarifications. A long raffia beard accompanies this tribal mask. Clear patina, grainy kaolin residue. This African Lega mask indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and which were joined by wives whose spousehad reached the third level, that of the ngandu . Mask with beard: 44 cmWithin the Lega, the society of the Bwami open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with ...


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Bwami Lega Mask
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This mask is used during the initiation rites of the Bwami society. It is open to men and women. The passage of a rank indicated the acquisition of a certain individual wisdom and morality. Dark brown patina abraded. Kaolin residue.
At the Lea, the society of the Bwami 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 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 leader, kindi, is held by the oldest man of the clan, who must be the highest ranking. As in other forest tribes, men hunt ...


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Lega mask
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Belgian African tribal art collection.
The primitive Lega sculptures in African art . Crisscrossed with deep striations, this rather flat mask was not intended to be worn, but handled during rituals. It displays almond-shaped eyelids rimmed with kaolin.

Height with base: 38cm.

The center bears granular residues of white clay. This African mask Lega indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks,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 ...


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Lega/Songola mask
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The primitive Lega sculptures in African art. This mask, which was not intended to be worn, but handled during rituals, has a flat structure on which circular openings indicate the eyes and mouth. The patina consists of granular residues of white clay. This African mask Lega indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks,and which was joined by wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of the ngandu .
Total height on base: 41 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 ...


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Lega Sakimatwematwe statue
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African Lega art and initiation media Sakimatwematwe (Multi-headed).
Related to a Lega proverb, endowed with two or more heads, this sculpture would always illustrate the need for a holistic view of events, and thus the prudence, wisdom, and impartiality that should follow.(Biebuyck 1973) Belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, among the many others used throughout the initiations, this carved object takes the form of a central trunk carried by legs. Groups of faces are superimposed in opposite directions. These are directed towards the four cardinal points. 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 these metaphors, ...


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Lega Lukwakongo mask
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Mask of reduced size with regular features and classic lega sobriety. This type of mask was not worn in front of the face but was placed on a rack with other masks of different sizes, attached to the arm, the nape of the neck, or held in the hand. The learning society of the Bwami, composed of different grades, was joined by the wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of the ngandu . 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 villages ...


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Lega mask
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Mask of reduced size, oval and flat, offering a clear patina with residual kaolin inlays.
This carving indicated the stage that 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.
Height on base: 35 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 initiates placed on a fence and surrounded by smaller sized masks. The teacher would ...


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Lega mask
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This African mask, whitened with kaolin, is used during the initiation rites of the Bwami society. This is open to both men and women.
The passage of a rank indicated the acquisition of a certain individual wisdom and morality.
Abraded two-tone patina. Raffia beard.
Height on base: 44 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 the oldest man in the clan, ...


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