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Figurine

Figurine

probably 1800s

Ivory

Overall: 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2005.3

Description

The life of Lega men and women is structured around their advancement through the different grades of the Bwami association. Fulfilling political, social, religious, and other roles, the members’ ultimate purpose is the pursuit of wisdom and excellence. Ivory figurines were reserved for members of the two highest Bwami grades, in which the core of the Lega’s moral philosophy is revealed.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Ivory

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