Nkulu tortoise mask - Lega - Congo - SOLD

Rare and authentic African mask of Nkulu type of Lega

In Africa, the Lega admire turtles (nkulu or kikulu) for their slow and cautious movements. They also think that they are endowed with intelligence. In ceremonies, turtles are represented by sculptures or a carapace. They symbolize the wisdom of the senior members of the Bwami.

By dint of observation, the Lega (Warega) have become extremely familiar with the animal world that surrounds them, and show a deep knowledge of the physical traits and behaviors of many species. Bwami rank members often take the name of an animal in order to appropriate their most desired traits. On the other hand, they use the zoomorphic representations in their teaching. The Bwami is an important part of the production of tribal art objects among Lega.

20 x 14 cm

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
Ethnic group
Lega / Balega / Warega
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Tribal art collection Belgium

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