SOLD / SOLD! MC0991 Statue LEGA Bwami Cult Figure Congo DRC
Superb statue representing a Nene Kisi (the one who owns the land)
It is rare, but it exists (see for example EA Georges p193, 1
The statuettes used in the Bwami cult are generically called Iginga
The statue is inseparable from the aphorism associated with it
The Bwami is an association hierarchized by grades which organizes the social structure and ensures the stability of the Lega community.
Each level passage gives rise to initiation rites where one speaks, sings, dances, mimes and exhibits. A multitude of aphorisms are used during the stories and songs
" The objective is to formulate and interpret in multiple symbolic ways the principles, moral and philosophical values and rules of the bwami, to each and to inculcate them, and to grant initiates the paraphernalia relevant to their level of rank as well as their symbolic references, and to transmit the resulting power, prestige and privileges " (Biebuyk, Sculptures don not speak 2010)
- Lega jewels from the Benoît Rousseau collection. Viviane Baeke, RMCA and Benoît Rousseau. 2013. BRUNEAF.
- The Lega and their art. In the footsteps of a dreamer lost in Congoland Emile-Alexandre Georges. 2005. Royal Museum for Central Africa.
Superb sculpture of a Nene Kisi (The land owner)
Scarifications on the nose might seem a bit confusing for a Lega item
It is rare, but it does exist (see for example EA Georges p193, 1
The figures used in the cult of the Bwami are generically called Iginga
Collective, sacred properties, they are kept in secret, generally in closed wicker baskets. Their use is reserved at passages to the upper (Yananio) and supreme (Kindi) levels
The figure is inseparable from the aphorism associated with it
The Bwami is a hierarchical association by ranks which organizes the social structure and ensures the stability of the Lega community
Each change of level is accompanied with initiation rites where people talk, sing, dance, mime and exhibit. A multitude of aphorisms are used in stories and songs
The aim is to formulate and to interpret in multiple symbolic ways principles, moral and philosophical values and rules of bwami, to each and inculcate them, and to bestow upon the initiates the paraphernalia pertinent to their grade level together with their symbolic references, and to convey the resulting power, prestige and privileges. (Biebuyk, Sculptures don't speak 2010)
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.
Please have a look on the pictures.