Presented here is a Lega mask from the Bwami people of Congo DRC.
This item was acquired in Belgium by a Portuguese collector around 1980's, the story of this mask is unknown.
Lega masks are used as initiation objects in the Bwami society. Masks into five types according to material, size, and form: lukwakongo, kayam-ba, idimu, muminia, and lukungu (Biebuyck 1973,164).
They serve as an important mark of rank, identifying the owners as members of specific Bwami levels (Biebuyck 1986,125-26).
Unlike many masks in other African cultures, the masks of the Lega are not usually worn over the face, they are attached to the body, held in the hand or simply hung on fences during the initiation ceremonies of the Bwami society.
33cm x 31cm x 9cm wood mask
Aprox. 55cm counting with raphia lenght.
It will be packed carefully with track&trace.
- Inheemse naam van het object
- LEGA 55 cm
- Etnische groep / cultuur
- Regio / land
- Democratische Republike Congo
- Hout, Raffia
- Midden 20e eeuw
- Verkocht met standaard
- 55×31×9 cm