Lengola Akunga statuette, DRC ex Zaire This... - Lot 99 - Arthema Auction

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Lengola Akunga statuette, DRC ex Zaire This... - Lot 99 - Arthema Auction
Lengola Akunga statuette, DRC ex Zaire This figurine is reminiscent of Lega statuary. The face still features red and white inlays around tubular pupils and a barely visible mouth. The narrow bust is framed by short, digitized arms. These statuettes, known as akunga, were used by members of the feminineekongo society. Glossy patina 31 x 6 cm The Lengola, who live near the Metoko in the center of the Congolese basin between the Lomami and Lualaba rivers, are a primary forest people dedicated to the worship of a single God, a monotheism rare in Africa. Their society, the Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the Bwami association of the Lega. Their sculptures, subject to the influence of neighboring Mbole, Lega and Binja, played a role in initiation, funeral and circumcision ceremonies, and were then placed on the graves of high-level initiates. Each of these figures had a name and an educational meaning, as in Lega traditions. Sources: "Art and Life in Africa" C.D.Roy ; "Fleuve Congo" F. Neyt ; "100 people of Zaïre and their sculpture" M.L. Félix.
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