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Statue Lengola (N° 19383)

Ex American tribal art collection.
The stylized African art of the forest tribes
Named Ubanga Nyama or butoka (J.B. Bacquart), this statue embodies, for the Lengolas, the primordial ancestor. It intervened during the funerals of high-ranking members of the secret society of Bukota. A face cut in heart, a long body made up of six interlocking elements and large digitized hands form the main features. In order to ensure optimal stability of the object, we recommend the additional option "associated base".
This male cult effigy comes from the Lengola, living near the Metoko in the center of the Congolese basin between the rivers Lomami and Lualaba, people of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, monotheism rare in Africa. Their society , the Bukota , welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the association Bwami of the Lega. Their sculptures, subject to the influence of the neighboring Mbole, Lega and Binja, played a role during initiation, funeral or circumcision ceremonies, and were then placed on the graves of high-ranking initiates. Each of these figures had a name and meaning for educational purposes, as did the Lega traditions. Sources: "Art and Life in Africa" C.D.Roy; "Congo River" F. Neyt; "100 people of Zaire and their sculpture" M.L. Félix.  

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Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm180
Width56 cm
Weight5.70 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
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