|Title||Lega Back Mask Congo African Art|
|Type of Object||Mask, carving|
|Country of Origin||Democractic Republic of Congo|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Dimensions||Height: 24 Inches
Width: 8 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.|
This exquisitely carved mask represents a mysterious part of Lega culture seldom seen to outsiders. They are danced by women, worn on the back, at celebrations of marriage, anniversary, and pregnancy. Prepared for immediate display in any collection.
The Lega people live near the northern end of Lake Tanganyika on the banks of the Lualaba River in the DR Congo. They are also known as the Warega. Living in small village groups, they have no centralized authority, but govern themselves through a communal association known as "Bwami." This association is composed of male and female members, who strive to advance up through the various ranks of Bwami, a long process which involves challenges as well as proof of knowledge.