Tribal Art, online sale of tribal art, primitive art and primitive art

Tribal art > African mask > Lega Mask

Lega Mask (N° 17495)

Coll. Belgian African art.
Visage in the heart, bulbous eyeballs housed in concave arches, horizontally incised pupils, this African mask adopts the most common aesthetic criteria in the Lega. 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 . Satin patien, locally abraded.
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, 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. This 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.  

Watch the video

390.00 
Possibility of payment in2x (2x 195.0 €)

This item is sold with its certificate of authenticity

Estimated shipping cost





OriginColl. Pr. J. Putteneers
EthnyLega
CountryRDC
Material(s)wood
Height cm26
Width19 cm
Weight0.35 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

You could also be interested by these items
Masque PendeMasque LegaMasque SukuMasque LegaMasque Bidjogo

You must login to access these options
   Warn me if a similar item is added to the catalog
   Warn me if the price decreases
Manage my alerts


You have question on this item ? contact us

17496

Previously viewed items
Tribal art  -  New York - Paris - London

© 2022 - Digital Consult SPRL

Essentiel Galerie SPRL
73A Rue de Tournai - 7333 Tertre - Belgique
+32 (0)65.529.100
visa Master CardPaypal