Lot: 304

96th Auction

Anthropomorphic figure "iginga"

D. R. Congo, Lega

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Frealon Bibbins, San Rafael, USA
Fily Keita, Los Angeles, USA
H: 6.9 inch 4000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

ivory, base

These small ivory figurines belong to "bwami" members who have already attained the associations highest rank ("lutumbo lwa kindi").

They symbolize different human characters, positive and negative, and served to convey the moral values and social structures of the "bwami" society to the initiates.

Biebuyck, Daniel P., Lega, Brussels 2002, p. 144 ff.
This object is subject to CITES. Please note that it can only be sent within the European Community. At the present time export in third countries is prohibited.