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Kayamba League Masque (N° 16988)
A slightly asymmetrical flat mask with hollowed-out orbits, topped with horns, this traditional Kayamba lega mask (also known as wiyinda) indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and which was joined by wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of the ngandu. Kayamba was owned by an accomplished insider. Surface encrusted with kaolin residue. Slight crack. Height on a base: 54 cm.
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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. 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, Idumu masks were presented to insiders placed on a fence and surrounded by smaller masks.
Litt.: "Art of the Lega" E.L. Cameron.
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|Origin||Stapleton UK 1974 - Lagae Belgique 1988|
|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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