Ofika hanged figure of the Lilwa - Mbole - D. R. Congo
  • Ofika hanged figure of the Lilwa - Mbole - D. R. Congo
  • Ofika hanged figure of the Lilwa - Mbole - D. R. Congo
  • Ofika hanged figure of the Lilwa - Mbole - D. R. Congo
  • Ofika hanged figure of the Lilwa - Mbole - D. R. Congo
  • Ofika hanged figure of the Lilwa - Mbole - D. R. Congo
  • Ofika hanged figure of the Lilwa - Mbole - D. R. Congo
  • Ofika hanged figure of the Lilwa - Mbole - D. R. Congo
  • Ofika hanged figure of the Lilwa - Mbole - D. R. Congo

Mbole Ofika hanged figure of the Lilwa - SOLD OUT

Mbole are a small-scale society governed primarily by a men's voluntary association known as Lilwa. Lilwa initiates young boys secluded in the bush, and instills in them a respect for the authority of their elders, and of Lilwa, through strenuous tests of courage, and through the use of art. The Ofika figure represents a person who was hanged for going against Lilwa's rules--so it is meant to suggest to the boys what will happen if they disobey.32 x 10 cm

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
Size
Ethnic group
Mbole
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Origin
Tribal art collection Belgium

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