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 ...