Lega Ivory Mask (CMI 054)

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Description

The ivory Lega masks are  associated with a specific ancestor whose memory remains very present, who lived several generations.

As an object of initiation it is employed during the paroxysmal rites of the Lutumbo lwa kindi initiations .It is “guarded” by an elderly kindi who is its custodian in the name of the kindi , living and dead, of a ritual community. In this group, it constitutes an element of cohesion and justice. The depth of the patina is of prime importance: even more than the age of the work, it testifies the frequency of its intensive use during initiation.

Material:Ivory

Age:approximately 55-70 yrs

Origin:Democratic Republic Of Congo

 

Additional information

Weight 0.1 kg
Dimensions 1.6 × 6.3 × 12.2 cm

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Gallery Antique Uganda