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Iginga Statuette - LEGA - Democratic Republic of Congo

Lot reference 22021899

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Middle of the 20th century - Very good condition - Provenance: private collection of African art, Belgium

Dimensions: 24 x 8 cm.
Provenance: private collection of African art, Belgium.
Ownership: L&Z Arts Gallery.
Estimated age: 1940-50.
Material: Wood.
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.
The piece can be viewed during the auction, upon appointment.
Secured shipment or withdrawal on site, at the gallery.

Iginga sculpture representing a standing figure, supported by its strong legs, the position balanced by the slightly spread limbs, with a voluminous head carved in the strict extension of the torso. The arms and the legs are stylised according to a triangulation strongly marked by the muscular masses. Of great quality, the ornamentation of a perfect regularity regarding the motifs, which increase the geometric rigour of the sculpture, both front and back-wise. Wonderful patina, nuanced on some places.

This figurine is certainly one of the most beautiful specimens of this type, within the corpus of the Lega. It distinguishes itself both by the rarity of its type, by the great vigour of the sculpture, the intensity of the expression and by the beauty of its ornamentation.

Iginga ivory figurines are the exclusive and individual property of the initiates of the Bwami society of the highest rank, the lutumbo lwa kindi. In the absence of any information collected during its acquisition from the owner, it is unfortunately impossible to identify its specific meaning and name. More generally, every lutumbo lwa kindi initiate owns at least one figurine of this type, acquired during his accession to this highest rank. According to Biebuyck (in Tervuren, 1995: 381) most of the time, these figurines were inherited from a deceased parent, after having been exhibited on his/her tomb. Each one is associated to a specific aphorism. They “remind the virtues of the initiates of previous generations, they maintain the rules and moral, judicial and philosophical norms defended by their predecessors, they are the link between passed and present generations [and finally constitute] sacra’s, sacred objects filled with vital force” (idem).

The shiny patina was obtained during the kibongia masengo rite, during which the figurines are rubbed with oil and pigments, and then, perfumed. The very nice patina of wear of this piece of collection allows us to assume that it was used by several generations.

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    Fabuleux ! Emballage parfait ! Pièce de qualité. Un vendeur de confiance +++
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    Lapilazuli December 14, 2018

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    L’objet correspond à la description. Etat d'arrivé parfait; colis bien empaqueté. Bonne relation avec le vendeur qui a pris la peine de téléphoner.
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    TeufTeuf01 December 14, 2018

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    Superbe masque, bien emballé et expédition rapide. Parfait.
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    user-d533873 November 28, 2018

  • very nice headrest! very happy! Thanks

    user-71aa839 November 24, 2018

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    tatiefraise007 November 24, 2018

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    très beau masque mais :
    1. la barbe est très abîmée sur le côté gauche ce qui aurait pu être signalé au lieu du "en très bon état" !
    2. le certificat d'authenticité promis manque. merci de l'envoyer
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    HEBERT-MORLON October 23, 2018

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    Problème résolu.
    Sachez que nous garantissons tous nos objets.
    Si problème il y à, une solution sera trouvée directement !
    Voir message du client ci-dessous.

    nov. 6 :Désolée pour cette difficulté à me contacter. Par mail, je ne comprends pas pourquoi !
    quoi qu'il en soit merci d'avance pour l'envoi du certificat
    cordialement
    G. H

    nov. 17 : J'ai reçu hier le certificat. merci beaucoup
    ce masque me plait décidément beaucoup
    cordialement
    G. H
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    bernarddarsch September 26, 2018

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    Toujours des pièces de grande qualité avec un super emballage qui sent bon la transaction faite d'amitié. Des vendeurs qui ne sont pas que des tiroirs-caisses ça fait du bien. Transaction parfaite !
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    user-d533873 September 23, 2018

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    Très beau masque Baule avec patine d'usage et belles usures. Peut-etre masque du Djé?
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    lovviere September 12, 2018

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    Extremely well and careful packaged, very happy with the item. More than just 'professional'. Excellent!
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    Office May 31, 2018

  • item received thanks

    Masamba1957 May 19, 2018

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    tatiefraise007 May 14, 2018

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