MC1197 Mask idimu Lega Cult of Bwami Mask Congo DRC

MC1197 Mask idimu Lega Cult of Bwami Mask Congo DRC

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CONGO DRC

Idimu LEGA mask

Superb old mask
Very expressive, heart-shaped face bleached with kaolin

Although the Idimu masks are significantly larger than the Lukwakongo maskettes, they are very close stylistically. These are collective masks used during ceremonies reserved for high-ranking Bwami

This type of mask was used as part of the Bwami, an association that organized the social structure and ensured the stability of the Lega community.

The Lega are a Bantu forest people of Central Africa, established in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the provinces of South Kivu and Maniema.


Features:

ITEM TYPE: Mask
ETHNIC GROUP: Lega - Warega
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Democratic Republic of Congo
(ex Belgian Congo, ex Zaire).
MATERIAL: Wood
DIMENSIONS: Height 24 cm
CONDITION: Bad
See photos.
The base is not included


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Bibliography - Art Lega - Bibliography:

- Lega. Ethics and Beauty in the heart of Africa. Daniel P. Biebuyck. 2002. KBC.
- Lega jewels from the Benoît Rousseau collection. Viviane Baeke, RMCA and Benoît Rousseau. 2013. BRUNEAF.
- In search of the meaning of Bwami, through a collection unlike any other. Viviane Baeke. Undated. Royal Museum for Central Africa.
- The sculpture of the Lega. Daniel P. Biebuyck. 1994. Galerie Hélène and Philippe Leloup-Paris-New-York.
- The arts of Zaire, Vol II Eastern Zaire. Daniel P. Biebuyck, 1986, University of California Press.
- The Art of the Central African Lega, Elizabeth L. Cameron. 2013, Quai Branly Museum.
- Lega Culture. Art, Initiation and Moral Philosophy Among a Central African People. Daniel P. Biebuyck. 1973. University of California Press.
- The Lega and their art. In the footsteps of a dreamer lost in Congoland Emile-Alexandre Georges. 2005. Royal Museum for Central Africa.
- The Lega Art - Greatness and Humility. In the Vallois collection, Valentine Plisnier and Michel Boulanger, 2016.

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CONGO DRC

LEGA idimu Mask


Superb old mask
Very expressive, the heart-shaped face bleached with kaolin

Idimu masks are significantly larger than Lukwakongo masks, but stylistically very close

These are collective masks used during ceremonies for high-ranking people of the Bwami, an association that organized the social structure and ensured the stability of the Lega community.
This type of mask was used as part of the cult of the Bwami, an association that organized the social structure
and ensured the stability of the Lega community.

The Lega are a Bantu forest people of Central Africa, established in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the provinces of South Kivu and Maniema

Features:


TYPE OF OBJECT: Mask.
ETHNIC GROUP: Lega.
ORIGIN: Democratic Republic of Congo.
DRC (ex Belgian Congo, ex Zaire).
MATERIAL: Wood
DIMENSIONS: About 9 1/2 inches high
CONDITION:Bad
Please have a look on the pictures.
Base is NOT included