Lega Kasungalala (The Judge) Bwami Society Figure, Democratic Republic of Congo #53

$ 3,800.00

  • Lega Kasungalala (The Judge) Bwami Figure, Congo #53
  • Lega People Bwami Figure (Iginga). Rare.
  • This Iginga, named Kasungalala, has always raised arm(s). This carving illustrates the Kindi's Privilege of Serving as Arbiter in Quarrels and Feuds in the Village or Community.
  • A similar item is held in the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco Collections (1986.16.5)
  • These Statuettes generically called Igingawere used in the Cult Society of Bwami, an Association that organized the Social Structure and Ensured the Stability of the Lega Community. 
  • The Lega are a Bantu Forest People of Central Africa, established in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the provinces of South Kivu and Maniema Provinces.
  • Age: Mid 20th Century. Authentic. Good patina and traces of wear and use.
  • Measurements: Approx. 12 inches high.
  • Condition: Medium. At one time in the "Judge's" storied past, the Figure's arms were broken and reattached.
  • Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo