The face is entirely covered with kaolin Around the eyes, the ears and the nose, we can see the wood Scarifications (small holes) in circles around the eyes A lukwakong mask with a similar architecture can be seen in Biebuyck, Ethics and Beauty, p80. Idimu masks are significantly larger than Lukwakongo masks, but stylistically very close.These are collective masks used during ceremonies for high-ranking people of the Bwami, an association that organized the social structure and ensured the stability of the Lega community. This type of mask was used as part of the cult of the Bwami, an association that organized the social structure and ensured the stability of the Lega community. The Lega are a Bantu forest people of Central Africa, established in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the provinces of South Kivu and Maniema.
ORIGINE: Democratic Republic of Congo. DRC (ex Belgian Congo, ex Zaïre). DIMENSIONS: About 9 1/2 Inches high (24 cm). Please have a look on the pictures. The base is NOT included.ETHIQUE ET BEAUTE AU 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 D'UN REVEUR EGARE AU CONGOLAND.
L'ART LEGA - GRANDEUR ET HUMILITE. (2016, VALENTINE PLISNIER ET MICHEL BOULANGER).
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