The Lega are an ethnic group found in the Democratic Republic of Congo.The Lega tribe art is created for primarily their semisecret associations of men and women, such as the Bwami society of the Lega peoples. The teachings of Bwami are a conerstone of all aspects of life, guiding the moral development of the individual and governing relations with others. Bwami doctrine is represented by wood and ivory masks, heads, and small figures, all of which play a vital role during initiation into the society’s highest grades. Lega masks refer to ancestors and are passed from one generation of initiates to the next as symbols of continuity. Lega masks were used for the instruction and initiation ceremonies ceremony rites into the different progressive levels of Bwami society , the association that Lega men rise through with lifelong deeds and often learning up the hierachy. Lukwakongo masks have no eyes and represent old, blind and wise high-level member of Bwami.The following mask is made from light wood with a khaki patina and shows good age and usage.
Material:wood,raffia and traces of caolin
Origin:Democratic Republic Of Congo
|Dimensions||2 × 12.5 × 21.5 cm|