Iconography
NON-EURASIAN ICONOGRAPHY
Africa
Figures used in initiation ceremonies
Further details
Used in ceremonies of initiation to the Lega secret society, the Bwami. Suitable meanings are given to the image by the initiate to prove his ability to invent moral fables.
ARTIST/CREATOR
Lega (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
DATE
20th century
LOCATION
Detroit, Institute of Arts
Notes on photograph
BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
D. Biebuyck, Lega Culture. Art, Initiation and Moral Philosophy among a Central African People, Berkeley, Los Angeles and London, 1973; E. L. Cameron, Art of the Lega, Los Angeles, 2001. For comparanda in other cultures, see R. Layton, The Anthropology of Art, Cambridge, 1991, esp. pp. 119-26.
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