Lega masks are used as initiation objects in the Bwami society. Masks are divided into five types of ranking according to the material, size, and form.
Origin: the Democratic Republic of Congo
Approx Age: 1970’s – 1980
Materials: Wood, Kaolin, Raffia
Dimensions cm: 27 tall x 19 wide
Ref. Number: 1500
A lovely styled Lega mask used in the Bwami society of initiations. A nice heart-shaped face with some kaolin missing where it’s possibly been stored. It still has its raffia beard which is always nice to see. Also comes with its bespoke display stand showing it off to its full potential.
Provenance: Edi Remondino. René & Denise David purchased this from Edi Remondino in 1999. Gallery Walu.
Lega masks are used as initiation objects in the Bwami society. Masks are divided into five types according to the material, size, and
Unlike many masks in other African cultures, the masks of the Lega are not always worn over the face, they are also attached to the body, held in the hand or simply hung on fences during the initiation ceremonies of the Bwami society.
The main gods of the Lega people are Kalaga, the promiser; Kenkunga, the assembler; and Ombe, the hidden.
References: Art of the Lega & https://uiowa.edu/ Art of Africa
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