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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.


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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Statues Iginga Sakimatwematwe League
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Combined with a notion of foresight, this African sculpture Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) forms a symbol for an insider of the Bwami. Thick, half-flexed legs support a trunk on which eight bleached faces clump together, with their eyes exorbitated in opposite directions. Locally chipped granular patina.
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 ...

League figurines
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The primitive art of 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 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 governing social life. This organization was subdivided into initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi. The statuettes were used as the aspirants were inited. Each is a representation with a particular form and meaning from which a moral or dogma always derives. The particularity of the Lega, unlike other ethnic groups, is to judge the quality of their ritual objects ...


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Bwami s Lega Hairstyle
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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Bwami Lega Mask
African art > African mask > Masque League

Damaged on a game but losing nothing of its character, this African Lega mask 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 . Lacks and abrasions of kaolin coating. On the base: 37 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 palisades, usually on the top of hills. The role of the leader, kindi, ...


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Statues League
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The 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 latter appears to have been intentionally carved without an arm. Slightly asymmetrical part requiring a small adjustment underfoot (e.g., "patafix") Clear patina, remnants of kaolin. This type of tribal art statuette was kept in the ritual basket of the high-ranking officers of the Bwami, a secret society of the Lega admitting men and their wives, and governing 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 and preserved. Each has a particular aspect and meaning from which ...


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League Masquette
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African art > African mask > League Masquette

Appointed Lukwagengo, this African mask in the shape of a bleached face, like this flat copy that bears tiny traces of kaolin, are not face masks but are worn at the back of the head, on the forehead, hung on the shoulders, fixed on a bamboo support or carried by hand during dances. It is the insignia of the penultimate rank of Bwami insiders that surround a mother mask named idumu .
Hightop: 34 cm.
The wooden versions measure around 20 cm while the bone or even ivory versions are even smaller. Within 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 ...


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Large lega Idumu mask
African art > African mask > Masque League

Within 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 palisades, usually on the top of hills. The role of the leader, kindi, is held by the oldest man of the clan, who must be the highest ranking. As in other forest tribes, men hunt and clear while women grow cassava. Social recognition and authority also had to be won individually: the chief owed his selection to his heart (mutima), good character, intelligence, and impeccable behavior. During ritual ceremonies, ...


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Statuette Lega initiation mask
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The primitive 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 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 governing social life. This organization was subdivided into initiation stages, the highest being the Kindi. The statuettes were used as the aspirants were inited. Each is a representation with a particular form and meaning from which a moral or dogma always derives. The particularity of the Lega, unlike other ethnic groups, is to judge the quality of their ritual objects according to their effectiveness. ...

Kasangala/Katanda League figurines
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A sculpted figure, among the many iginga objects referring to sayings charged with teaching the initiates of Bwami. The 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 . At the same time, the object has a perforated 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 coated with chipped kaolin. Oiled patina, locally abraded.br-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 ...

 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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Lega Iginga figure
African art > African Statues > Lega statue

Represented crouching back-to-back, hands on knees, and offering a face depicting a lega mask, these anthropomorphic figures would be associated with a saying known to future Bwami initiates. Satin dark brown patina, grainy kaolin residue. Abrasions.
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 highest being the Kindi.Following their exodus from Uganda during ...


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Masque League Iginga
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Shallow, stretched surface, on which are dug arches in the heart. The protrusion of the eyelids forms a hallucinated look and the gaping of the mouth an expression of amazement. This African Lega mask adopts recurring aesthetic criteria. Yet it offers checkered keloids, evoking some of the traditional motifs of which the faces were scarred. Residual, crusty, white clay inlays. This African Lega mask indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and which was joined by the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu . Two-coloured skate abrasée.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 ...


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Statuette Mulima of Lega
African art > African Statues > Statuette Nkumba

This type of initiation statuettes, in the form of a 'z', are named nkumba or mulima . Nkuma according to E.L. Cameron, the name of the headdress worn by the high-ranking women of Bwami.
, brown ipatine. Residual kaolin inlays. Fine desication 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 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 highest being the Kindi.Following their exodus from Uganda ...


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Statues League Sakimatwematwe
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Combined with a notion of foresight, this African sculpture Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) forms a symbol for an insider of the Bwami. Four thick, half-flexed legs support a trunk on which clump together, separated by a central ring, twelve bleached faces whose eyes stare in opposite directions. Related 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) Grainy patina. Desication cracks.
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 ...


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Zoomorphic figure Lega or Zimba
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This zoomorphic figure has a whitewashed hearted face reminiscent of the Lega masks. Among the productions of their neighbours Zimba, inspired by the Luba and Lega traditions, rare Simian statuettes were also used in the similar rites of Bwami. This kind of figure would refer to a proverb alone known to insiders. Particularly satiny dark patina, abrasions and crack on the head.
The tribal 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 ...


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Bwami Lega statuette
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This anthropomorphic Lega sculpture 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 took place over seven days and included at least seven performances. Individual items were then kept in a woven bag worn over the shoulder ...


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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 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 ...

Figure Iginga du Bwami Lega/Zimba
African art > African Statues > League figurines

A small stylized sculpture set on crenellated legs, with a heart-shaped face, concave, encrusted with cauris indicating the eyelids, it would refer to a proverb alone known to initiates. Beautiful dark satin patina, light shards and misses.
The tribal 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 highest being the Kindi. The statuettes were used as the aspirants were ...


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Lega zoomorphic figure of Bwami
African art > African Statues > League Figures

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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Figure Lega Sakimatwematwe of Bwami
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Combined with a notion of foresight, this African sculpture Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) forms a symbol for an insider of the Bwami. Around a central foot topped by a toupee of feathers clump bleached faces whose eyes exorbitate stare in opposite 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 these initiations took place over seven ...


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