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Lega Standing Male Bwami Society Monkey Congo African Art

$225.00
Product #: 93689
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Title Lega Standing Male Bwami Society Monkey Congo African Art
Type of Object figure, statue
Country of Origin DR Congo
People Lega
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 15 inches tall x 5.25 inches wide x 4.5 inches deep
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 shallow cracks and scraped patina


Additional Information: A superb stylized Lega figure in a typical Lega pose.  The figure has a protruding belly with one hand on his hip.  The other hand rests on his chin, and his face displays features akin to a monkey or ape with large flat ears and an extended chin.  Typical of Lega work, the figure has white paint on the face and in other areas of the body.  The patina is unique and varried and indicates significant age and use.  


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 seated figure, "iginga," complete with full arms and hands on head, are rare. These figures, used in the higher levels of Bwami, are normally much more abstract. Bwami is a complex organization consisting of multiple levels, and is open to both men and women. It forms the essential component of political, social, and religious life. Within Bwami, artworks are used in conjunction with proverbs, anecdotes, and performances to form complex, layered metaphors which teach moral values. 


Recommended Reading:  Joseph Cornet  A SURVEY OF ZAIREAN ART-THE BRONSON COLLECTION. 


Daniel Biebuyck, La sculpture des Lega. Galerie Helene & Philippe Leloup, Paris. New York. 14 Juin-30 Juillet 1994


Elizabeth Cameron. Art of the Lega. ULAFowler Museum of Cultural History. 2001