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Among the Léga, the society of the Bwami open to men and women, organized the social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also called Warega, these individuals live in autonomous villages surrounded by palisades, usually on top of hills. The role of the chief, kindi, is held by the oldest man in the clan, who must be the highest ranking. As in other tribes of the forest, men hunt and clear while women grow cassava.


Lega Bwami Salimatwematwe statue
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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 ...

Lega Kasangala
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Tribal art > African Statues > Lega beeldje

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 ...


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Lega Sakimatwematwe figure
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Tribal art > African Statues > Lega figure

African art lega and the traditional statuettes . African sculpture Sakimatwematwe (Multi-headed) belonging to an initiate of the Bwami, among the many others used throughout the initiations, its structure is in the form of a trunk around which two groups of faces, directed towards the four cardinal points, are superimposed.br />
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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, referring to proverbs and sayings. Each of these initiations took place over seven days and included at least seven performances. The objects "won" individually were then kept in a woven bag worn on ...


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Lega figure in ivory
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Tribal art > Antique Ivories, African ivory statuette > Lega ivory

Among the variety of objects held by the Lega initiates of the Bwami Association, this rare ivory sculpture depicts a couple standing back to back on a Bwami stool. The object, while illustrating a notion of equality between the sexes, could refer to the primordial couple. Amber oiled patina. Partially chipped at the top.

The Bwami governed the lega social structure, open to circumcised adults and their wives and instructed their adherents in terms of moral perfection.  These objects are part of the masengo, meaning that they are sacred and therefore can only be worn by the initiated. The owner cannot part with them during his or her lifetime. Bwami has different degrees, with the yananio and kindi being the highest. The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where ...


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Bwami Lega Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque LEGA

Lega primitive sculptures in African art. Huge eyeballs occupy three-quarters of the face of this mask, bringing together the nose at the raised tip, and the thin incision of the mouth in the lower part similar to a snout. Pure forms and inventiveness are the watchwords for this ancient and charming Lega mask. Locally abraded smooth patina.
This African Lega mask indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and which was joined by the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu . Within the Lea, the society of the Bwami open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in ...


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Masque League
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Minimalism of Lega tribal masks.

ovoid body in which a heart-shaped face, soberly cut from the eyes and mouth and divided with a straight nose, is written. The light wood, haloed, retains particles encrusted with white clay, where mica shines. This sculpted work indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different grades, and which was joined by the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu. Beautiful patina of abraded use, mate.
At the Lea, the society of the Bwami open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of ...


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Kayamba League Masque
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Tribal art > African mask > Lega mask

Ex-collection of Belgian African tribal art.
This African Lega mask offers a shallow, narrow volume. Vertical horns stand at the top, and the eyes are treated in rectangles on either side of a very long nose. Light wood rubbed with a locally abraded dark coating. Erosion of the contours.
These masks indicated the stage their holders had reached in the Bwami, a learning society composed of different grades, and which was joined by wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of ngandu. ngandu.


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Lega Lukungu mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Lega mask

The lega lukungu masks, such as this one made of a turtle shell, were worn on the arm. The surface has a "circle point" pattern. A beard made of vegetable fibers accompanies them. The turtle, for the Lega, evokes wisdom and prudence derived from experience. This mask was reserved for initiates of high rank, that of the kindi, one of the different ranks of the Bwami. At the death of the initiate, the mask was placed on his grave and then passed on to his nephew. Hanging link at the top
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Within the Lega, the Bwami society, open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the seventeenth century, the Lega settled on ...


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Lega initiation statuette of the Bwami
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Tribal art > African Statues > Lega Figure

Sculpted symbol illustrating a proverb, intended for an initiate of the initiatory society of the Bwami, this rare animal figure would refer to the ibis (kakulikuli) and personifies loquacity ("The Intelligence of Forms" p.56; E.M. Maurer). Satin patina, warm brown, locally abraded. Impressions of use.
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. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected from it, had to submit to costly ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of Bwami, the kongabulumbu, at great expense to the ...

Lega mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Lega mask

Ex-collection French African artbr-Among the astonishing diversity of African masks of the Lega, this mask whose surface attests to prolonged use, with protruding eyelids, indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning company composed of different ranks, and joined by the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu. Abraded patina, kaolin inlays. Beard of vegetable fibers.
Within the Léga, the Bwami society open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also called Warega, these individuals live in self-contained villages ...


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Kayamba League Masque
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A slightly asymmetrical flat mask with hollowed-out orbits, topped with horns, this traditional Kayamba lega mask (also known as wiyinda) indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and which was joined by wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of the ngandu. Kayamba was owned by an accomplished insider. Surface encrusted with kaolin residue. Slight crack. Height on a base: 54 cm.
Belle clear patina, residual kaolin inlays with mica particles.

At the Lea, the Bwami society open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the ...


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Lega Idumu Mask
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Coll. Belgian tribal art.

The primitive sculptures Lega in African art. This ancient mask with concave eye sockets, painted with circular patterns, has a thick locally chipped crusty patina. The hollowed-out eyes are surrounded by pink ochre. Interesting abrasions of use.
This African Lega mask indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and which was joined by the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu . Within the Lea, the society of the Bwami open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the ...


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Masque League Multifaces
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Clean geometry of primitive Lega masks.
This unusual, hypnotic mask juxtaposes three nasal edges separating the eyelids, giving the illusion of three faces. Three mouths indicated by hollowed-out rectangles asymmetrically fill the lower area. This sculpted work indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different grades, and which was joined by the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu. Beautiful patina of abraded use, mate.
At the Lea, the Bwami society open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River ...


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Kayamba League Masque
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque League

Flat and tapered, this lega initiation mask displays zoomorphic elements that allow its identification. Satiny light brown patina, residual kaolin. These masks indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and which joined the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu.
Belle patina light brown, residual inlays of white clay around the eyes. Long raffia beard.

At the Lea, the Bwami society open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also known as Warega, these ...


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Lega Idumu Mask
Tribal art > African mask > Lega Mask

Coll. Belgian African art.
Visage in the heart, bulbous eyeballs housed in concave arches, horizontally incised pupils, this African mask adopts the most common aesthetic criteria in the Lega. Residual, crusty, white clay inlays. This African Lega mask indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and which was joined by the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu . Satin patien, locally abraded.
At the Lea, the society of the Bwami open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the ...


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Bwami s Lega Mukaba Hairstyle
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Tribal art > Headdress Hat > Mukaba Hairstyle

This type of head adornment is worn by members of the highest ranks of the secret society bwami governing the social structure lega , open to circumcised adults and their wives and who instruct their adherents in terms of moral perfection. These objects are part of the masengo , meaning that they are sacred and can therefore only be carried by the initiates.  The owner cannot part with it during his life.  Bwami has varying degrees, with yananio and kindi highest. The materials used vary, including clothing buttons, cureds, pearls or cocoa beans.  On a carefully woven cap made of natural fibers, this head cover is completely covered with manufactured buttons. This ancient cap is usually surmounted by elephant hair in reference, under an unflappable appearance, to the destructive power of ...


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Nkulu Lega turtle shell mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque League

Made from a turtle shell with raffia braids embroidered with cauris indicating the features, this ancient circular African mask is believed to have come from the Lega. He accompanied the initiation ceremonies. It has a belt of plant fibers attached to the posterior contour. It would be a mask of the type elanda cassoirized with guinea fowl and hen feathers, worn by the master of the lodge, and which would come from the area around the Itombwe massif where the Lega share with the Bembe the rites of the society Elanda . The Bwami's introductory box also had the shape of a turtle shell, one of the emblematic animals of the clan from which they draw qualities. Rare piece in excellent condition.
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Headdress Lega Mukaba
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This type of head adornment is worn by members of the highest ranks of the secret society bwami governing the social structure lega , open to circumcised adults and their wives and who instruct their adherents in terms of moral perfection. These objects are part of the masengo , meaning that they are sacred and can therefore only be carried by the initiates.  The owner cannot part with it during his life.  Bwami has varying degrees, with yananio and kindi highest.
The materials used vary, they may be clothing buttons, curies, pearls or cocoa beans.  On a carefully woven cap made of natural fibers, this head cover is completely covered with manufactured buttons. This ancient cap is usually surmounted by elephant hair in reference, under an unflappable appearance, to the destructive ...


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Sakimatwematwe janiforme League figurines
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African art lega and the many introductory materials.
Vocation of foresight, this African statuette Sakimatwematwe (Multi-heads) forms a sculpted symbol for an insider of the Bwami. A long neck is topped with bleached faces. The teacher guided the aspirant to a place where masks and statuettes were exposed, 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. Those who were not allowed to see the object, in order to be protected, had to submit to expensive ceremonies, and sometimes even join the lower rank of the Bwami, the kongabulumbu, at great expense to the families. Each of these initiations took place over seven days and featured at least seven ...

Large Lega Mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque League

Flat structure for this Lega mask pierced with tubular eyes. Invariably uncluttered, these traditional Lega masks indicated the stage reached by its holder within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and joined by the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu . Residual traces of kaolin on dark patien. Height on a base: 45 cm.
Belle clear patina, residual kaolin inlays with mica particles.

At the Lea, the Bwami society open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also known as Warega, these individuals live in ...


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Masque League Idumu
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Unusual structure for this African lega mask whose lower part extends flat. An exorbirity look, a protruding nose and mouth, decorative hatches, and a surface classically coated with kaolin. A long raffia beard completes the whole thing.
This African Lega mask indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and which was joined by the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu . Mask with beard: 41 cmAt legate, the society of the Bwami open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also ...


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