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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.


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 art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Figurines Lega

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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Lega du Bwami figure
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Lega bust

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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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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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 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 ...

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 ...

Iginga Lega Figurine
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African lega art and initiation materials.
Anthropomorphic statuette with a face hollowed out in the heart, carried by thick crenellated legs. Among the many others used during 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 kongabulumbu ,at great expense to the families. Each of these initiations lasted seven days ...


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Lega du Bwami figure
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African Lega art and initiation supports Associated with the rites of Bwami, but taking on its full meaning according to its context of use, this initiatory figure of the Legas could evoke a bird whose wings are folded along the bust.


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Introductory statuette of Bwami Lega
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Lega Figurines

Small sculpted figure without arms, whose pointed chin rests on an ovoid bust. The characteristics of the face are reminiscent of those of lega masks imprinted with kaolin. Locally abraded satin patina.
The African art of Lega , Balega , or Warega , is distinguished by its initiation statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket intended for the highest ranks of the Bwami of different communities. This type of tribal art 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 initiatory stages, the highest being Kindi. Following their exodus from Uganda during the 17th century, the Lega settled on the ...

Iginga League Figurines
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African lega art and initiation materials.
Anthropomorphic statuette with a spherical head carried by thick bent legs. Among the many others used during 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 kongabulumbu ,at great expense to the families. Each of these initiations lasted seven days and included at least ...


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Lega initiation figure of Bwami
African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Figurine Lega

Ex-Swiss African art collection.
This statuette composed of figures placed back to back recalls the metoko sculpture by the exorbed cylindrical pupils. It would however be a figure "iginga" of the Lega with didactic vocation. The surface, unpolished, shows adze strokes and residual kaolin inlays.
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 kongabulumbu, at great expense to the ...


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Sakimatwematwe League Statues
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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 two groups of faces overlap. The latter are directed to the four cardinal points.
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 ...

Sculpture janiforme Lega Iginga
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Ex Italian African art collection.

This Janiforme human figure, symbolizing a lega couple, is represented perched on a kisumbi , emblematic element of the Yananio level of the Bwami. Each of the initiates of this rank had a stool that he kept until his death. This object forms a metaphor of the moral values of the Bwami, its meaning evolving according to the initiatory performances. It exists in miniature version, bearing an identical symbolism. The sculpture is slightly skewed, a wedge will be provided with the object. Dark glossy patina, cracks of desiccation.
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 ...

Kasangala League Statues
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In the lega statuary, anthropomorphic sculptures with arms raised above the head would evoke, according to Cameron, the one who settled a dispute through his arbitration. These figures are named kasangala . The piece features a honey patina with kaolin inlays.
This type of tribal art statuette was kept in the basket of 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 highest being the Kindi. The statuettes were used as the aspirants were introduced, cleaned and oiled. Each has a particular aspect and meaning from which a moral or dogma always derives. The peculiarity of the Lega, unlike other ethnic groups, is also to judge the quality of their ritual objects ...


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Lega janiform 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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Small Lega Lukwakongo mask
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Primitive Lega sculptures in African art. In spite of a flat volume engraved with lines in low relief, this mask remains powerfully expressive. Smooth satin patina. This African Lega mask indicated the stage that its holder had reached in the Bwami, an apprenticeship society composed of different grades, which was joined by wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of ngandu . Total height on pedestal: 25 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 ...


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