Lega (also Warega or Rega), DR Congo
A rare figure with six heads.
Symbol of a female hunting goddess.
Figures with multiple heads and faces, such as the one we have here, carved in wood, were seldom found with the Lega, in the east of the Congo, and had a special significance.
They were one of the ‘hunting charms’ of the shamans of the Lega community and the 'Bwami Association'; they were said to bring the hunters luck!
Especially when hunting elephants, the largest and most sought-after game of the Lega.
This is what the six faces of the figures represent:
The good hunter must be alert and see everywhere; at the front and on all sides. That is what the six faces, with their large eyes say.
And, the hunter should also be able to survey everything from afar, so that, he can even spot an elephant on the other side of the river.
The figure is cracked and bits of the drape have torn off in places.
Hair attachments are missing and it has been repaired in some places.
Dimensions: Without stand: h: 65 cm, w: 30 cm, d: 30 cm
Dimensions: Incl. stand: h: 1250 cm (1.25 m)
Shipping: insured shipping with DHL, with tracking number.
- Total nr of items
- Indigenous object name
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Congo DRC
- 1st half 20th century
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 65×30×30 cm