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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 Figure
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Tribal statuette Sakimatwematwe (Multi-headed) belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, among the many others used throughout the initiations, linked to a Lega proverb. Equipped with two or more heads, this statuette would always illustrate the need for a global vision of events, and therefore the prudence, wisdom and impartiality that should result from it. (Biebuyck 1973).
Abraded velvety patina, grainy residues of kaolin. Losses and desication cracks.
During the initiation rites of the Bwami, among the Lega, 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, the latter largely referring to proverbs and sayings. ...


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Lega figurines
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Identifiable by its context of use, this bust, with two faces topped with a feathered top evoking one of the headdresses of the Bwami aspirants, belonged to an insider of the Bwami and was part of a set used over the years Initiations. It was only visible at that time. The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where 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, real metaphors referring to 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 ...


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Lega mask
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Within the Léga, 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 called Warega, these individuals live in self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on top of hills. 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, men hunt and clear while women cultivate cassava. Social recognition and authority also had to be earned individually: the chief owed his selection to his heart (mutima), good character, intelligence, and irreproachable behavior. During ritual ceremonies, ...


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Lega mask
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This African mask Lega indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different grades. Thick partially chipped kaolin patina. Desication cracks.
Within the Léga, 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. The role of chief, kindi, is held by the oldest man in the clan, who must be the highest ranking. Social recognition and authority also had to be earned individually: the chief owed his selection to his heart (mutima), good character, intelligence, and irreproachable behavior. During ritual ...


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League Figures
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Symbol of animal qualities, this statuette, forming the generic figure of a quadruped (mugugundu) from the Lega environment, belonged to a high-ranking Bwami. Kaolin patina. Eclats.br /-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 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 ranked. As in other forest tribes, men hunt and clear while women grow cassava. The Bwami, a secret society admitting men and their wives, governed social life. This organization was subdivided into initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi . Bwami has varying ...


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Lega figure
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Among the many others used during the initiations, this sculpture African symbolizing clairvoyance, belonged to an initiate of the Bwami. The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where 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 the metaphors evoked by the sculptures, the latter largely referring 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 fees for families. Each of these initiations took place over seven days and included at least seven performances. Items "won" individually were then kept in a woven bag worn ...


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Lega 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 Statues
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African lega art and initiation materials.
African tribal sculpture Sakimatwematwe (Multi-headed) belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, among the many others used during initiations. The structure is in the form of a central trunk, carried by legs, around groups of faces are superimposed, 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, 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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Animal Fetish Tale
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Ex-collection Belgian African art.
Les Tale form a Lega sub-tribe. These protective objects, sculpted on certain occasions, represent a totemic animal. Lustrous brown patina Eager to appropriate the qualities of certain animals of which they knew remarkably the morals, the initiates of the Lega often adopted the names of various vertebrates, and the initiates of the level of Kindi were called the people of the tail of the elephant: Bakinsamba.


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Lega statue
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African Sakimatwematwe (Multi-headed) statue of Bwami initiation, among the many tribal sculptures used during initiations.
Two-tone satin patina, coated with white kaolin on the faces.
Relative to a Lega proverb, with two or more heads, this statuette would always illustrate the need for a global vision of events, and therefore the prudence, wisdom and impartiality that should result from it. (Biebuyck 1973) 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, the latter largely referring to proverbs. and sayings. Each of these initiations took place over seven days and included at least seven performances. Items ...


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Lega mask
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Bwami lega mask, perhaps animal because of its elongated structure, tightened at the level of the jaw treated as a rectangle. The cross patterns would symbolize a mane or coat. These masks indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society made up of different grades, and joined by wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of ngandu.
Golden beige patina.


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. The role of chief, kindi, is held by the oldest man in the clan, who must ...


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Lega mask
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This African mask Lega indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different grades, open to men and women, which organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems.
Height on base: 31 cm
Numerous erosions, matte patina.
Following their exodus from Uganda during the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. The role of chief, kindi, is held by the oldest man in the clan, who must be the highest ranking. Social recognition and authority also had to be earned individually: the chief owed his selection to his heart (mutima), good character, intelligence, and irreproachable behavior. During ritual ceremonies, Idumu masks ...


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Lega figure
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Among the Lega, members of the highest rank of the Bwami, the Kindi, kept the fetishes out of sight. This specimen in the form of a head, a phallus and high legs, is hollowed out in its center and filled with composite materials.
Height on base: 19 cm.
Dark brown satin patina.
The tribal art of the Lega, Balega, or even Warega, is mainly distinguished by its initiation statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket intended for the highest ranks. Bwami from different communities. This type of Iginga statuette ( 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 ...


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Lega Lukungu mask
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The lega lukungu masks, such as this one made of a turtle shell, were worn on the arm. The surface has a "circle point" pattern. The braided border made of vegetable fibers is decorated with dried seeds. The turtle, for the Lega, evokes wisdom and prudence derived from experience. This mask was reserved for initiates of high rank, that of the kindi, one of the different ranks of the Bwami. At the death of the initiate, the mask was placed on his grave and then passed on to his nephew. Hanging link at the top
. ("Art of the Lega" E.L.Cameron).
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 ...


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Leka mask
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Initiation mask of the Lega or the Leka, whose society, the Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the Bwami association of the Lega. A braided raffia cord highlights the oval shape of the mask, whose very close eyes surmount a nose crossed by a groove, and asymmetrical nostrils. The wide mouth, from the corners of which rise broken lines, is split horizontally. Star patterns complement the tribal scars.<

The Leka sculptures, subject to the influence of the neighboring Mbole, Lega and Binja, played a role during initiation, funeral or circumcision ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high-ranking initiates. Each of these figures had a name and a meaning for educational purposes, following the example of lega traditions. Kaolin patina, rings ...


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Lega mask
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The African masks Lega are used as part of the initiations of the Bwami society, open to men and women. Some were not carried, but placed on a rack or held in the hand. The passage of a rank indicated the acquisition of a certain individual wisdom and morality. Abraded two-tone patina. Erosions.
Height on base: 37 cm.
Within the Léga, 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. The role of chief, kindi, is held by the oldest man in the clan, who must be the highest ranking. Social recognition and authority also had to be earned individually: ...


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Lega figure
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The African art lega and initiation materials Sakimatwematwe (Multi-headed).
Related to a Lega proverb, endowed with three faces, this male figure illustrates 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 body without arms. The faces point to 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, which largely referred to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed to see ...


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Lega statue
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br>African art and materials for initiation into the Bwami among the Lega.
African Sakimatwematwe (Multi-headed) tribal sculpture intended for an initiate of the Bwami, among the many others used during the initiations, its structure is in the form of a central trunk around which faces are superimposed. 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, the latter largely referring 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 the Bwami, the kongabulumbu, at great fees for families. ...


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Lega figure
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Sculpted figure devoid of arms, foot missing. Brown nuanced satin patina.
The African 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 intended for the highest ranking Bwami from different communities. This type of Iginga statuette ( 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 as and when the aspirants were initiated. Each is a representation with a particular form and meaning from which a morality or a dogma always derives. Ref. : "Art of the Lega", E.L.Cameron


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Lega figure
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Enigmatic statuette with a face carved in heart, like the masks of the ethnic group. Feathers could be attached to the perforations of the head. The rectangular, flat bust, on which horizontal forearms appear in relief, is studded with hollow dotted. The legs without feet, semi-resalted, are spread sideways.
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 subdivided into initiation stages, the ...


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Lega statue
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This statuette, referring to a proverb known only to the initiated, is presented frontally, in a posture of self-confidence represented by the arched arms, hands on the hips and legs firmly anchored. Oiled patina, two-tone, abraded.
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 members of the Bwami of various communities. This type of Iginga (Maginga in the plural) tribal art statuette, was the property of the top brass 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 as the aspirants ...


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