African Tribal Mask

A special African tribal mask Guro Mask Wood Hand Carved Lega Bwami mask 509


A special African tribal mask Guro Mask Wood Hand Carved Lega Bwami mask 509
A special African tribal mask Guro Mask Wood Hand Carved Lega Bwami mask 509
A special African tribal mask Guro Mask Wood Hand Carved Lega Bwami mask 509
A special African tribal mask Guro Mask Wood Hand Carved Lega Bwami mask 509
A special African tribal mask Guro Mask Wood Hand Carved Lega Bwami mask 509
A special African tribal mask Guro Mask Wood Hand Carved Lega Bwami mask 509
A special African tribal mask Guro Mask Wood Hand Carved Lega Bwami mask 509
A special African tribal mask Guro Mask Wood Hand Carved Lega Bwami mask 509
A special African tribal mask Guro Mask Wood Hand Carved Lega Bwami mask 509
A special African tribal mask Guro Mask Wood Hand Carved Lega Bwami mask 509
A special African tribal mask Guro Mask Wood Hand Carved Lega Bwami mask 509
A special African tribal mask Guro Mask Wood Hand Carved Lega Bwami mask 509

A special African tribal mask Guro Mask Wood Hand Carved Lega Bwami mask 509   A special African tribal mask Guro Mask Wood Hand Carved Lega Bwami mask 509
Br>A heart-cut face, in which a placid physiognomy is inscribed, distinguishes the African Lega mask. The features are further punctuated by a series of perforations referring to traditional scarification.

Within the Lega, the Bwami society open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels ofinitiation, each associated with emblems.

Following their exodus from Uganda during the seventeenth century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba Riverin the DRC. Also known as Warega, they live in self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on hilltops. The role of chief, kindi, is held by the oldest man in the clan, who must be the highest ranking. As in otherforest tribes, the men hunt and clear land while the women cultivate cassava.

Social recognition and authority had to be earned individually: the chief owed his selection to his heart (mutima), good character, intelligence, and impeccable behavior. During ritual ceremonies, Idumu masks were presented to the initiates placed on a fence and surrounded by smaller masks. This mask is used during the initiation rites of the Bwami society. This society is open to both men and women. The passage of a rank indicated the acquisition of a certain wisdom and individual morality.

African mask Solid wood 72.1 cm, special handmade carving, 179. African mask Face Toma Bakrogui Mask 19th-mid-20th century 432. AFRICAN PENDE MBUYA PUMBU MASK 156.

Handmade African Gouro Gyela mask from Zaouli dance 497. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks". The seller is "naga_4823" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.

  1. Handmade: Yes
  2. Modified Item: No
  3. Country/Region of Manufacture: Cote d'Ivoire
  4. Culture: African
  5. Provenance: Ownership History Not Available


A special African tribal mask Guro Mask Wood Hand Carved Lega Bwami mask 509   A special African tribal mask Guro Mask Wood Hand Carved Lega Bwami mask 509