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Old mask Lega # 2

Old mask Lega # 2
Old mask Lega # 2
€575,00 Incl. tax
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Lega mask form part of the Bwami initiation rites. They serve as a mark of rank, identifying the owners as members of specific Bwami levels. Read the story..

Democratic Republic Congo
Mask H24 x 16cm with metal stand H40cm
Lega tribe, Bwami society
Off white shades
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The story

The Lega live in the rain forests of the eastern Congo region.  They comprise numerous subgroups that are collectively linked through Bwami, an adult association that serves as the political, social, economic, religious and moral authority of Lega society. Bwami is divided into a hierarchy of five grades for men and three for women. 

Lega masks are rarely worn over the face. They are usually attached to different parts of the body, or hung on fences surrounding the dance area.

Age : +- 50 years old

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