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Lega masks are heart-shaped with concave faces that feature a delicate mouth and eyes shaped like cowrie shells. Surprisingly, the masks are rarely worn on the face, but are attached to different parts of the body, hung on fences, held in the hand, or worn over the forehead with the beard draping over the face. The masks are most frequently used during initiation ceremonies.

Culture and Traditions

Both men and women in Lega culture enter the centuries-old Bwami society to learn skills and wisdom for life that are taught to initiates through art.

Donation Details

Mr. & Mrs. Scotty L. Greenwald was donated in the year 2003.


The Appraised Amount is $ 5,000.00.

Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

J. B . Coleman Library


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