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Lega Figural Post Bwami Society Congo African Art

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Title Lega Figural Post Bwami Society Congo African Art
Type of Object Figure, Carving, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Congo
People Lega
Materials Wood, pigment, clay, shells
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions Height: 11.5 Inches
Width: 4.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and a well worn patina

Additional Information: Among the Lega people of the Democratic Republic of Congo carved wooden figures are used during ceremonies of the Bwami Society, an initiation, and instructional society that governs and advises on moral and ethical conduct. The complex system of instruction, initiation, and advancement for both men and women in the Bwami society uses masks and figures to document the various levels of Bwami and to serve as badges validating the initiate’s knowledge of the secrets of Bwami and of their rank. Without knowing the exact circumstance and owner of a figure by Lega men or women it is difficult to determine their specific name or use as individuals will commission a sculpture for particular rituals or as badges of specific office or level attained in the Bwami society.