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Lega multiheaded figure (N° 21716)

The African art of the Lega , Balega , or even Warega , is distinguished by its initiation statuettes, also made in ivory, some of which was kept in a basket intended for the highest ranking officers of the Bwami from different communities. This type of statuette of tribal art Iginga ( Maginga in the plural), was the property of the high-ranking officers 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. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in DRC. Also called Warega, these individuals live in autonomous villages surrounded by palisades, usually on top of hills. The role of the leader, kindi , is held by the oldest man of the clan, who should be the highest ranking. As in other forest tribes, men hunt and clear land while women cultivate cassava. Social recognition and authority also had to be earned individually: the leader owed his selection to his heart (mutima), good character, intelligence, and impeccable behavior.
Thick patina of locally abraded kaolin.  

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OriginEx-collection italienne
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm37
Width9 cm
Weight0.70 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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