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FINE LEGA MAGINGA FIGURE
High 31 cm
Wood, white kaolin
FINE LEGA MAGINGA FIGURE. The concave face with raised oval slit eyes, traces of kaolin about the face, short legs, dark patina.
ͣ Lega Maginga statuettes are rarely taller then 35 cm. They were carved mainly out of wood and ivory. Employed during initiation ceremonies, they had a mnemonic function insofar as they assisted in the telling of “ancestor stories” or in the depiction of proverbs.
ͣ The Tribal Arts of Africa; Jean-Baptiste Bacquart