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Among the Léga, the society of the Bwami open to men and women, organized the 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 called Warega, these individuals live in autonomous villages surrounded by palisades, usually on top of hills. The role of the chief, kindi, is held by the oldest man in the clan, who must be the highest ranking. As in other tribes of the forest, men hunt and clear while women grow cassava.


Masque League
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A losangic shape for this shallow, semi-closed African mask, illustrating the astonishing diversity of African masks of the Lega group. This sculpture, whose patinated surface, locally eroded, retains a crusty white clay coating, indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different grades, and joined by the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu. Fine scarifications soaring, parallel to the nose, are drawn on the cheeks and on the front.br / Within the Léga, 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 ...


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Large Lega Mask
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Shallow African mask, carved in a light wood, which is distinguished by a nasal ridge dug from a groove. Invariably sober, these traditional Lega masks indicated the stage reached by its holder within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and joined by the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu . Residual traces of kaolin on a light wood. Raffia beard. Height with beard: 80 cm.
Belle clear patina, residual kaolin inlays with mica particles.

At 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. ...


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Masque League
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Among the astonishing diversity of the African masks of the Lega, this mask in which the features of three faces reveal themselves indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different grades, and joined by the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu. Abraded kaolin patina, residual creutous inlays.
High on a base: 47 cm.
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 ...


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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 ...


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Sakimatwematwe League figurines
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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 around which four Losangic faces are directed in all 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 ...

Masque League Lukwakongo
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Lega primitive sculptures in African art.
This mask, which was not intended to be worn, but manipulated during rituals, displays a circular, regular face, in which an ovoid forehead dominates the orbits dug in the heart. Coffee bean eyes, with half-closed eyelids, are hollowed out. There are streaks on the teeth on the ajar lips. A raffia beard is attached to the lower contours. Smooth satin patina, the center of which is encased with a kaolin crust. 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 spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu . Within the Lega, the society of Bwami open to men and women, organized social and political life. There ...


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Iginga League figurines
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Ex-Belgian tribal art collection.
Statuettes and moral codes in the African art of lega

This Lega statuette, whose morphology evokes that of an elderly woman, belonged to an initiate of the Bwami and was part of a set used during the initiations. The teacher guided the aspiring lega 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 largely referring 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 ...


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Lega fetish statuette
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The 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 bwami officers of 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.Following their exodus from Uganda in 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 the leader, kindi , is held by the oldest man of the ...


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Masquette Songye
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A miniature version of the Songye's African Kifwebe mask, this copy associated with Bwadi ka Bifwebe has been sculpted to recurring standards. Parallel furrows, encrusted with white kaolin, adorn the surface of the wood, symbolizing plumage and the link with death. Black and red ochre highlights enhance certain features.
Patine encrusted, chipped, dry. br / Height on base: 30 cm.
Three variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or "Chasing the mort" (Roberts) stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest see absent, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to originate from the adjacent area between the northern Luba and the Southeastern Songye. They are worn ...


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Lega Tricecephalus Initiation Figure
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An overlay of three losangic faces forms this tribal figure Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, among the many others used during the initiations. Relating to a Lega proverb, with two or more heads, this type of sculpture would always illustrate the need for a global view of events, and therefore the prudence, wisdom and impartiality that should result from it. (Biebuyck 1973). Grainy patina, kaolin, abrasions and shrapnel.
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 ...


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Figures League Katimbitimbi
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Among the variety of objects held by the Lega initiates of the Bwami Association, this figurine, a rare small ivory talisman with a tapered shape, was intended for a high-graded woman who wore it at the waist, tied by the opening on the tip.
Amber oiled patina. The Bwami governs the Lega social structure, open to circumcised adults and their wives and instructs their adherents in terms of moral perfection. These objects are part of the masengo , meaning that they are sacred and can therefore only be worn by the initiates. The owner cannot part with it during his life. Bwami has varying degrees, with yananio and kindi being the highest. The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were exhibited, and it was through careful observation that the future ...


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Janiform League Envelopes
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Two faces with pierced, exorbitant pupils form around a central trunk for this tribal sculpture Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, among the many others used during the initiations. Relating to a Lega proverb, with two or more heads, this statuette would always illustrate the need for a global view of events, and therefore the prudence, wisdom and impartiality that should result from it. (Biebuyck 1973).
Grain patina, kaolin, light orange reflections.
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 ...


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Masquette Lukwakongo League
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Named Lukwagengo, these African masks in the shape of bleached faces, such as this reduced copy, are not face masks but are worn on the back of the head, on the forehead, hung on the shoulders, fixed on a bamboo stand or carried by hand during dances. These are the insignia of the penultimate rank of the Bwami initiates that surround a mother mask named idumu .
Total height on a base: 27 cm.
The wooden versions measure around 20 cm while the bone or even ivory versions are even smaller. 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 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. ...


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Masque League
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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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Statues Lega Iginga
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These statuettes depict characters positioned back to back, joined by a common loincloth, and the necks entwined with a raffia cord. They rest with their hands on their bent knees, in a near-crouching position. This sculpture could be interpreted as the aphorism of an elderly kindi related by rituals to his wife initiated kanyamwa . Its meaning, however, invariably depends on the context of the use of the object. 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 ...


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Lega introductory statuette
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Petie zoomorphic figure, she belonged to an insider of the Bwami and was part of a set used during the initiations. The animal world was indeed widely represented in the educational metaphors that made up the teaching of Bwami. Insiders sought to appropriate the qualities of the animals that inhabited their environment. The objects were passed down from generation to generation, such as this honey-coloured sculpture, patinated by gripping, and whose tapestry nails indicate the eyes.
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 and sayings. ...


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Statuette Sginga Sakimatwematwe League
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Two janiform sets are superimposed around a central trunk on this tribal sculpture Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, among the many others used during the initiations. The base is pierced with attachment holes.
Two-tone satin patina, kaolin.
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, 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 ...

Statuette Iginga Sakimatwematwe
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African lega art and initiation materials.
African tribal sculpture Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to 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 janiform losangic faces overlap. 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, 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 ...


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Statuette Iginga Sakimatwematwe
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African lega art and initiation materials.
African tribal sculpture Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to 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 two groups of three faces overlap. 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, 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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Masque League Idumu
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Sculpted in the heart in the center of the ovoid volume of this African lega mask, the eyebrow arches join a small mouth that seems to emit a breath, calling for the secrecy of the initiates. A raffia beard extends the jaw. Glossy surface revealing the veining of the wood. 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: 40 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 emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the ...


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Masque League Idumu
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A long, bleached shape with small holes for this Lega Idumu mask. Reduced ears frame an exorbitant look, and the mouth is streaked with grooves. A long raffia beard accompanies this tribal mask. Clear skate. 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: 65 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 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 called Warega, these individuals ...


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