African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Lega figure
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 ...