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Bust Lengola of Bukota (N° 18406)

This bust comes from the Lengola native to Uganda and living near the Metoko in the center of the Congolese basin between the Lomami and Lualaba rivers, people of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a unique God, monotheism rare in Africa. In addition to the akunga figures used by women in the initiation society ekongo , the Lengolas have statues associated with the different levels of society bukota who embody spirits or impetuous. Bicolo
re mate patina. In addition to the Lilwa, their company, Bukota, which welcomes both men and women, is the equivalent of the association Bwami lega. Their sculptures, influenced by the neighbouring Mbole, Lega and Binja, played a role in initiation, funeral or circumcision ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high-ranking initiates. Each of these figures had an educational name and meaning, just like the Lega traditions. The mythical ancestor Suway appears at the funeral close in the form of the sculpted figure Ubanga Nyama.  

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OriginEx-collection E. Caldwell - USA
EthnyLengola
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height48
Width18
Weight4.00 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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