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Lega Kasangala (N° 20892)
The anthropomorphic sculptures with arms raised above the head would, according to Cameron, evoke one who has settled a conflict by his arbitration. These figures are called kasangala. The figure opposite presents a stump of an arm, while a hand like a palette extends the second oversized arm. The stubby, crenellated legs, meanwhile, end in hooves.
Lustrous patina, locally abraded.
This type of tribal art statuette was kept in the basket of the high ranking members of the Bwami , a secret society admitting men and their wives, and governing social life . This organization was subdivided into initiatory stages, the highest being the Kindi.
The statuettes were used during the initiation of the aspirants, cleaned and oiled. Each one has a particular aspect and meaning from which a moral or a dogma is always derived.
The particularity of the Lega, contrary to other ethnic groups, is to judge the quality of their ritual objects according to their efficiency.
Source: "Art of the Lega" E.L. Cameron; "L'âme de l'Afrique" S. Diakonoff.
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