MC1519 Superb mask idimu Lega Bwami cult Mask Congo DRC

MC1519 Superb mask idimu Lega Bwami cult Mask Congo DRC

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CONGO DRC

Superb idimu LEGA mask

The face is entirely covered with kaolin, around the eyes, the ears and the nose reveal the wood, scarifications in the form of small holes in a circle around the eyes
A lukwakong mask with a somewhat similar architecture can be seen in Biebuyck, Ethics and Beauty, p80

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:

TYPE OF OBJECT: Mask.
ETHNIC GROUP: Lega - Warega
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Democratic Republic of Congo
(ex Belgian Congo, ex Zaire).
MATERIAL: Wood, rope
DIMENSIONS: Height 24 cm.
CONDITION: Average / 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
- The Warega and the Wabembe. An extraordinary social culture and an astonishing civilization without writing in Central Africa, Alexandre Safiannikoff, 2022, Paul Safiannikoff

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CONGO DRC

SUPERB LEGA BWAMI IDIMU MASK


The face is entirely covered with kaolin
Around the eyes, the ears and the nose, we can see the wood

Scarifications (small holes) in circles around the eyes
A lukwakong mask with a similar architecture can be seen in Biebuyck, Ethics and Beauty, p80

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, cord
DIMENSIONS: About 9 1/2 Inches high
(24cm)
CONDITION:Medium / Bad
Please have a look on the pictures.
The base is NOT included