Bwami Society Headdress. Lega People. Congo

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Lega Headdress on stand.
Bwami Society.
Hornbill Bird skull finial and button adorned. Congo

Condition: Good, light wear.
Measures: 8” x 8” x 9” tall - 17” tall on stand.

In the forests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo art is created primarily for semisecret associations of men and women, such as the Bwami society of the Lega peoples. The teachings of Bwami permeate all aspects of life, guiding the moral development of the individual and governing relations with others. Bwami doctrine is represented by wood and ivory masks, headdresses and small figures, all of which play a vital role during initiation into the society’s highest grades. Although simple in form, these objects embody complex and multiple meanings, elaborated through proverbs, skits, and dances. (MetMuseum)

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