Lega Sakimatwematwe figure


African wooden head surmounted by several faces leaning against each other. They express in metaphorical form the circumspection that the hunter must exercise in order not to be taken from behind by the elephant.

This morality is part of the teachings of the Bwami, the initiatory brotherhood of the Lega in the DR Congo, which initiates young people.

This African statuette is part of the iginga, initiatory statuettes, and bears the name of sakimatwematwe.

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Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
35 cm
Ethnic group
Lega / Balega / Warega
Wood, kaolin
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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