MC1130 Very nice little Lukwakongo Lega Mask Congo DRC
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Very nice Lukwakongo LEGA mask
The heart-shaped face covered with kaolin is typical of Lega art.
The Lukwakongo masks are small light wooden masks that belong to high-ranking members of the Bwami (Yananio grade)
This type of mask was used in theframework of the Bwami cult, an initiatory grade society whose secret rites were reserved for initiates This association organized the social structure and ensuredthe stability of the Lega community.
The Lega are a Bantu forest people of Central Africa, established mainly in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, east of the Lwalaba River (the Congo River), up to altitude in the Mitumba mountains, in the provinces South Kivu and Maniema.
TYPE OF OBJECT: Mask.
ETHNIC GROUP: LEGA - Warega
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Democratic Republic of Congo DRC
(ex Belgian Congo, ex Zaire).
DIMENSIONS: Height 17 cm.
CONDITION: Average, seems to have been restored See photos. The base is NOT included
- 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.
Lukwakongo maskettes are small and light wooden masks belonging to high-ranking members of the Bwami (rank Yananio)
This type of mask was used in the cult of the Bwami, a level society whose rites were reserved for the initiatesThis association organized the social structure and ensuredthe stability of the Lega community.
The Lega are a Bantu forest people of Central Africa, established mainly in the east of the Congo Drc, east of the Lwalaba River (the Congo River), up to the altitude in the Mitumba Mountains, in the provinces of South Kivu and Maniema.