The Lega inhabit the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, between the great lakes and the Lualaba River. These sculptures were individually owned by the highest-ranking society members like chiefs, kings and village heads though they mostly owned ivory statues. Lega figures symbolically conveyed particular moral qualities or defects that are expressed through dance and sung aphorisms in initiations to the highest grades of the association. This is a fine Lega statue with kaolin around the facial area, and a brown patina, the sculpture shows signs of age and good usage.
Material: Lightwood, Kaolin
Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
|Dimensions||6 × 6 × 21.5 cm|