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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.


Bwami Lega Mask
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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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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 initiation statuette of the Bwami
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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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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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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
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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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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
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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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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Large Lega Mask
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A flat mask on which the forehead and nasal ridge form a pronounced relief, it 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. The dotted on its surface is encrusted with kaolin residue.
Hightop: 56 cm.

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 self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on the top of hills. ...


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Masque League
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White clay forms film residue on this tribal Lega mask with perforations on the forehead. This mask was supposed to indicate the rank to which its holder had accessed in the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks. Wives whose spouses had reached the third level, that of the ngandu, were then allowed to participate in the various initiation stages of society. Satin greyish brown patina, clear kaolin residue.
High on a base: 43 cm.
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 Lega
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Under a striated brow, high eye sockets contain two incisions for the eyes. The rib of the forehead extends over the straight nasal ridge. The mouth is marked with hatches indicating the teeth. The raffia beard is still present. Irregular surface, peeling crusty 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 were joined by wives whose spousehad reached the third level, that of the ngandu . Mask with beard: 41 cmWithin the Lega, 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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Statuette Lega Kakulu ka mpito
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The figure Kakulu ka mpito where the arms are absent or attached to the trunk, would refer to a man who would suffer from his wife's infidelities. It is also called Mukobania , to refer to a young man whose decision to invite foreigners would have been disastrous. The head of this character is most often hooded with goat or felid hair, extending here in a small beard. The face is coated with crusty residue of white clay. Satiny light brown patina, slightly abraded.
The African art of the Lega, Balega, or Warega, is distinguished by its initiation statuettes, also made of ivory, some of which were kept in a basket for the highest ranks of the Bwami of different communities. This type of statuette Iginga ( Maginga in the plural), was the property of the high-ranking officers of the ...


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Masque League
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Sober Lega mask of gentle regularity, its remarkably sain-like dark brown patina is unusual. Beneath the eyebrow arches engraved with losangic motifs, the space surrounding the eyes reveals weak granular residues of kaolin. The straight nasal ridge is also marked with geometric patterns. This African Lega mask is used during the initiation rites of the Bwami society. It is open to men and women. The passage of a rank indicated the acquisition of a certain individual wisdom and morality.
Height on solce: 42 cm.
In 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 ...


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