Bwami Lega initiation mask This African Lega... - Lot 167 - Arthema Auction

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Bwami Lega initiation mask This African Lega... - Lot 167 - Arthema Auction
Bwami Lega initiation mask This African Lega mask indicated the stage the holder had reached in the Bwami, a learning society of different ranks, open to both men and women, which organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. 21 x 13 cm Height on base: 31 cm Numerous erosions, matt patina Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. The role of chief, kindi, is held by the oldest man in the clan, who must be the highest ranking. Social recognition and authority also had to be earned individually: the chief owed his selection to his heart (mutima), good character, intelligence and irreproachable behavior. During ritual ceremonies, Idumu masks were presented to initiates placed on a fence and surrounded by smaller masks. The passing of a rank indicated the acquisition of a certain individual wisdom and morality.
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