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Lega Iginga Male Armless Congo African Art 16 Inch

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Title Lega Iginga Male Armless Congo African Art 16 Inch
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Lega
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions Height is 16 inches.
Overall Condition Good.   Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair cracks  in head and back, chips in places


Additional Information:  A Lega standing male figure without arms known as Iginga figure and used by members of  the Bwami Society.  The figure shows evidence of use for an extensive period of time. 


The arts of the Lega (Warega) are well-known by collectors, and highly regarded for their naive, abstract appeal. The bulk of Lega artistic output is reserved for use by and for members of the "Bwami" Society. Figures representing humans, like this large "iginga," with or without arms are used in the higher levels of Bwami. Bwami is a complex organization consisting of multiple levels, and is open to both men and women. Bwami society forms the essential component of political, social, and religious life of the Lega. Within Bwami, artworks are used in conjunction with proverbs, anecdotes, and performances to form complex, layered metaphors which teach moral values. These figurines are often part of an initiation basket owned collectively by a clan, and used in the ritual display of objects in the Lutumbo Lwa Kindi ceremonies


For examples and more information see:


Cornet's A SURVEY OF ZAIREAN ART-THE BRONSON COLLECTION.


Elisabeth L, Cameron, ART OF THE LEGA, UCLA, Los Angeles, 2001


Daniel Biebuyck, LA SCULPTURE DES LEGA, Galerie Helene & Philippe Leloop, Paris, New York