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Amulet - Bone - Lukili - Lega - Congo DRC

Amulet - Bone - Lukili - Lega - Congo DRC

A Lega Lukili Iginga Amulet in bone.
Yellow honey bone patina. Round circle incrustation scarification's. Some cracks in material due to age and use ( see images)
Custom made wood stand.
From the early to mid 20th Century

Provenance: Gaetan Schoonbroodt collection, Verviers.

The Lega (also named Rega or Warega) live in eastern Congo.
Their social and religious life is controlled by the ‘Bwami society’
This Idol was used for the Bwami cult, that is made of 7 grades and where you should be married to be able to pass all grades .

Iginga figures are representing humans.

Those figures in bone are called lukili or kalukili and used by older women. For the girls nkunda rite for the passing of the yananio grade ( (Biebuyck 1983 : 56-58).) Only men where allowed to own ivory figures.

What is so special about these bone and ivory figurines is that hey are owned to illustrate Bwami the morality of it's owner through community performances, dances and the objects he owns.

Like in this case the fact the hands are missing on the figure illustrate the fact you are loosing control of your actions when you commit infidelity.

David Norden is a third generation antique dealers, dealing in African Art in Antwerp-Belgium since 1992.
All lots from David Norden's collection are sold with a written description of the tribe and David Norden private opinion .
May be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp.
Please note: seller guarantees the authenticity as described.

Object Amulet
Indigenous object name Lukili, Amulet
Ethnic group/ culture Lega
Region/ country Congo DRC
Material Bone
Period 1st half 20th century
Condition Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand Yes
Dimensions 14×4×2 cm
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