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Lega Miniature Figure Iginga Congo African Art

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Title Lega Miniature Figure Iginga Congo African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Lega
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 12 Inches
Width: 3.5 Inches
Depth: 2.25 Inches
13.25 inches tall on base; 4.25 x 3.25 inch base
Overall Condition Good.
Damage/Repair chipped, scraped surface. one cavity at left neck. some stains

 Additional Information: A charming lega figure with an abstract, crudely carved body.  The details are sparse, but the body shape is impactful.  The sculpture has a dark, rich patina suggesting some age.  

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. According to Cornet, "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 rite.

 CT 8/17