Lega figures of this size are quite exceptional. This figure's stout volume is paired with a delicate, minimalist rendering of the facial features.
Iginga ivory figures are the exclusive property of the highest dignitaries in bwami society.
They all have a distinct name and function. Received upon achievement of the highest grade, they are customarily inherited from a parent. They are a symbol and reminder of the moral, social, legal and philosophical values of the society.
Private collection, started in the early-20th-century, New Jersey
Jack Barry Maffen-Brier, Princeton int the 1960s
Thence by descent
Private collection, Pennsylvania
Sotheby's Paris, 17 June 2009
Galerie Bernard de Grunne, Brussels
Important private collection, Belgium
Marc Leo Felix, White Gold, Black Hands. Ivory Sculpture in Congo, vol. 6, pp.180-181, fig.14