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LEGA FIGURE

Size 21 cm
Material Ivory
Origin D.R. Congo

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.

Provenance:
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

Published:
Marc Leo Felix, White Gold, Black Hands. Ivory Sculpture in Congo, vol. 6, pp.180-181, fig.14