This type of hat was used in the cult of the Bwami, a level society whose rites were reserved for the initiates. This association organized the social structure and ensured the stability of the Lega community. The hat is one of the only objects of the Bwami that was used publicly The Lega are a Bantu forest people of Central Africa, established mainly in the east of the Congo Drc, east of the Lwalaba River (the Congo River), up to the altitude in the Mitumba Mountains, in the provinces of South Kivu and Maniema. PROVENANCE: Ex - Franco - Belgian Collection of Mr Ph.TYPE OF OBJECT: Hat, headdress. ETHNICAL GROUP: Lega Balega - Warega. ORIGINE: Democratic Republic of Congo. DRC (ex Belgian Congo, ex Zaïre). DIMENSIONS: About 6 1/4 Inches high. (without the tail and the chin strap) Diameter 6 3/4. CONDITION: Medium Please have a look on the pictures. ETHIQUE ET BEAUTEAU COEUR DE L'AFRIQUE. JOYAUX LEGA DE LA COLLECTION BENOIT ROUSSEAU. VIVIANE BAEKE, MRAC ET BENOIT ROUSSEAU.
A LA RECHERCHE DU SENS DU BWAMI, AU FIL D'UNE COLLECTION PAS COMME LES AUTRES. MUSEE ROYAL DE L'AFRIQUE CENTRALE. GALERIE HELENE ET PHILIPPE LELOUP- PARIS-NEW-YORK. THE ARTS OF ZAIRE, VOL II EASTERN ZAIRE.1986 UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS. L'ART DES LEGA D'AFRIQUE CENTRALE, ELIZABETH L. ART, INITIATION AND MORAL PHILOSOPHY AMONG A CENTRAL AFRICAN PEOPLE. LES LEGA ET LEUR ART. SUR LES TRACES DUN REVEUR EGARE AU CONGOLAND. L'ART LEGA - GRANDEUR ET HUMILITE. (2016, VALENTINE PLISNIER ET MICHEL BOULANGER). The item "Beautiful LEGA Bwami Cult headrest hat Congo DRC African Tribal Art 1254" is in sale since Tuesday, June 9, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks". The seller is "galerie-de-la-louve-arts-premiers" and is located in La Louvière. This item can be shipped worldwide.