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Lega Male Colonial Custom Stand Congo African Art

Regular Price: $225.00

Special Price: $75.00

Product #: 100762
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Title Lega Male Colonial Custom Stand Congo Africa
Type of Object Carving, figure
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Lega
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age Second half 20th century
Dimensions 20.5 inches H. x BASE: 6.5 x 5.5 inches W.
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 Minor scuffs, Missing toes, split on side of head.


Additional Information: 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 small "iginga," complete with short arms and hands, with tooth, are rare. These small 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. For examples of "iginga," see Cornet's A SURVEY OF ZAIREAN ART-THE BRONSON COLLECTION. 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."