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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.


Sakimatwematwe Lega Figures
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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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Lega mask
African art > African mask > Lega mask

Numerous perforations decorate the surface of this African Lega mask. The coffee bean eyes, close together, surmount a narrow mouth on which incisions show teeth. Dark satin patina. This carved work 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.
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 , they live in autonomous villages surrounded by ...


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Kasangala League Figurines
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In lega statuary, 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 . The object has an abraded honey patina with residues encrusted with kaolin.
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 a particular meaning from which a moral or a dogma always derives. The particularity of the Lega, contrary to other ...


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Statues Lega Sakimatwematwe
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The African lega art and the ritual initiation materials
African Statue Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, this object is part of the objects " Masengo " of the Bwami (" things ("), among the many others used during the initiations. Its structure comes in a cylindrical central form supported by a foot cut in four. Three groups of four faces overlap, directed towards the four cardinal points. Clear matte skate. Lacks and erosions.
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 to them referring to largely to proverbs and sayings. Those who were not allowed ...

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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Katanda League Janiform Figurines
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The African art of lega, Balega, or Warega, is distinguished by its initiation statuettes, sometimes made in ivory.
A flat surface perforated in multiple circles is the bust of this teaching statuette of the Bwami appled Mr Sleeping Mat Art of the Lega, E.L.Cameron) Mat means a mat, doormat, which would have been eaten by the red ants. Moreover, the object would represent, in Lega's thought, the result of sexual libertinism in society. From this shape emerges in the center a janiform head with the characteristics of Lega, face in heart and small toothed mouth. Smooth black-spotted brown patina, white pigments on faces. This type of statuette Iginga (Maginga in plural), was the property of the high-ranking officers of Bwami, a secret society admitting men and their wives, and ...


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Statues League Katanda janiforme
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The African art of lega, Balega, or Warega, is distinguished by its initiation statuettes, sometimes made in ivory.
A flat surface perforated in multiple circles is the bust of this teaching statuette of the Bwami. From this shape emerges in the center a janiform head with the characteristics of Lega, face in heart and open mouth placed at the end of the chin. Two large palms, some of which are missing, rise to the sky on either side of the head. The grip could be facilitated by a ventral growth. The whole is stabilized by two small, stocky legs spread apart. The object appears to be a couple who would have settled a dispute through arbitration. Smooth black-spotted brown patina, white pigments on faces. This type of statuette Iginga (Maginga in plural), was the property of the ...


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Bwami s Lega Hairstyle
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African art > Headdress Hat > Headdress Lega

This type of head adornment is worn by members of the highest ranks of the secret society bwami regating the Lega social structure, open to circumcised adults and their wives and who instruct their adherents in terms of moral perfection. These objects are part of the masengo , meaning that they are sacred and can therefore only be carried by the initiates. The owner cannot part with it during his life. Bwami has varying degrees, with yananio and kindi highest.

The materials used vary, they may be clothing buttons, curies, pearls or cocoa beans. On an old cap carefully braided in natural fibers, this head cover has the distinction of being covered with scales of pangolin, a totem animal of the Lega that only initiates can consume. According to legend, the animal taught them ...


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Introductory statuette of Bwami Lega
African art > African Statues > 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 ...

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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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 ...

Masque League Idumu
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This mask forms one of the many variants of lega sculptures. Checkerboard patterns are dug on the clear surface, highlighting the sober features of the face. Beautiful honey patina with kaolin residue. This African Lega 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. Height on a base: 45 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 ...


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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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Lega mask
African art > African mask > Lega mask

This African Lega mask indicated the stage that its holder had reached in the Bwami, an apprenticeship society made up of different grades, and which was joined by wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of ngandu . Lustrous black-brown patina, residues encrusted with kaolin. Desiccation cracks.
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 settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also known as Warega, these individuals live in autonomous villages surrounded by palisades, usually on hilltops. The role of chief, Kindi, is ...


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Lega initiation statuette of the Bwami
African art > African Statues > League Figurines

Carved symbol illustrating a proverb, intended for an initiate of the initiatory society of the Bwami, this figure has a face resembling the masks of the ethnic group. The "legs" take the form of a circular stool with four uprights. Beige patina, kaolin residues. Cracks of desiccation.
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 families. Each of these ...

Bwami Lega Headdress
African art > Headdress Hat > Chapeau League

This type of head adornment is worn by the members of the highest ranks of the secret bwami society governing the lega social structure, open to circumcised adults and their wives and who instruct 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 materials used vary, they can be clothing buttons, cauris, pearls or cocoa beans. On a carefully braided cap of natural fibers, this head cover is completely covered with rows of pangolin scales, animal totem of Lega that suels of initiates can consume. He would have taught them the art of making the ...


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Kayamba League Masque
African art > African mask > Masque League

This initiation mask of the Lega of almost flat structure is equipped with erect horns that allow its identification. Grainy brown patina, residual kaolin. These masks indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and which joined the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu. Sold with plinth. Total height: 34 cm.


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. Also known as Warega, these individuals live in self-contained villages surrounded ...


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Lega zoomorphic figures of Bwami
African art > African Statues > Animal figures

Eager to appropriate the qualities of certain animals whose mores they knew remarkably, the initiates of the Lega often adopted the names of different vertebrates. These two terracotta statuettes, forming generic figures of quadruped (mugugundu) from the Lega environment, belonged to a high-ranking Bwami. The exhaust of the tail of one of them is missing.
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 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, ...


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Lega Zoomorphic Statue
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An African tribal statue belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, this sculpture is one of the objects "Masengo" ("powerful things"), among the diversity used during the initiations. With the face carved into the heart of the Lega figurines, the figure has a bulging bust, without arms, covered with scales, which could be associated with the owl or the Pangolin, whose scales are widely used in the headgear of the high-ranking Bwami. Glossy patina, locally abraded, long drying crack on one side, splinter on one foot. 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 largely refer ...


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Wayinda Lega Figurines
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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 Lukwakongo mask
African art > African mask > Lega mask

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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