Hat (1) - Plant fibre - Lega ceremonial hat - DR Congo

Description
Hat (1) - Plant fibre - Lega ceremonial hat - DR Congo
2nd half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Lega ceremonial hat.
Splendid and rare, in good condition.
Headgear of an Initiate of the BWAMI - LEGA - D.R Congo
Materials: Buttons, animal horn and Vegetable Fibres.

These kinds of masks were used by initiates of the Bwami cult, a “half secret” initiatory society which organised the social structure, and watched over the stability of the Lega community.
The Lega are a Bantu forest people from Central Africa, mainly established in the Democratic Republic of Congo, at the east of the Lualaba River, near the borders of Rwanda and Burundi, in the provinces of the southern Kivu and Maniema.


Dimensions:
Height: 18 cm.
Width: 18 cm.
Depth: 18 cm.

Provenance: Private collection.

Lot details
Total nr of items
1
Object
Hat
Indigenous object name
Lega ceremonial hat
Region/ country
DR Congo
Material
Plant fibre
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
18×18×18 cm
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