These hand-carved lega Figures are symbols of the owner's rank within the Bwami society.The objects represent moral or social values and are used during initiation rites.
Culture and Traditions
Lega art is exclusively focused on and associated with the Bwami society. Each object has a precise role and function within their ceremonies and rituals and is used only by the initiated. These artifacts are numerous and are created from a variety of materials, particularly wood, ivory, bone, and elephant hide.
Mr. and Mrs. Scotty L. Greenwald donated in the year 2002.
Date of Digitization
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Prairie View A&M University, "LEGA WAREGA (Southeastern Congo (Zaire) - (Standing Male)" (2022). African Sculptures and Masks. 10.