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Lega Bwami Salimatwematwe statue (N° 17951)

African Lega Art and Sakimatwematwe (Multi-headed) Initiation Materials
. Related to a Lega proverb, this statue illustrates the need for a global view of events, and thus the prudence, wisdom and impartiality that should follow.(Biebuyck 1973) Belonging to a Bwami initiate, a series of faces pointing to the four cardinal points surmount a kisumbi seat, an emblematic element of the Yananio level of the Bwami. Each of the initiates of this rank had indeed a stool that he kept until his death. This object forms a metaphor for the moral values of the Bwami, its meaning evolving according to the initiatory performances... 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. The frequent lacks on the lega works are sometimes due to ritual removals for therapeutic purposes.
Dark oiled patina. Cracks and erosions.  

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380.00 € 190.00 ( -50.0 %) 
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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, plumes
Weight1.45 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xxème

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