Mbole / Lega Iginga Fetish Figure, Congo #24

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  • Mbole / Lega Iginga Fetish Figure, Congo #24
  • This type of Iginga (Maginga in the plural) tribal art statuette, was the property of the top brass of the Bwami, a secret society admitting men and their wives , and governing social life . This organization was subdivided into initiatory stages, the highest being the Kindi. The statuettes were used as the aspirants were initiated. Each is a representation with a particular form and meaning from which a moral or dogma always derives. The particularity of the Lega, contrary to other ethnic groups, is to judge the quality of their ritual objects according to their efficiency. Small statuette referring to a proverb known only to the initiated, it has an imposing head surmounting a stocky body with protruding muscles.
  • Measurements: 10.63 Inch
  • Condition is Excellent
  • Circa 1920-40's