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Rare LEGA Katanda Figure statue sculpture Congo African Tribal Art 1609
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CONGO DRC
LEGA Katanda Figure
Very beautiful sculpture representing Katanda
The aphorism related to the statuette is the following
"I have loved you; erotic touching destroys the Righteous and Good people; they have destroyed Katanda"
Although literally meaning "mat,", the term also refers to a mean, bad-tempered person, something negative, evil, and the expression Katanda ke ibazi, refers to a wild invasion of red ants
The statue is used in rituals to highlight the positive and negative aspects of the bwami's code of ethics
In Ethics and Beauty, Daniel Biebuyck, in addition to the meanings given above, also describes Katanda as a bad, unstable and adulterous woman or even a high-ranking initiated seducer.
Katanda is useful as a reminder of the severe penalties reserved for those who break the moral rules
For similar statues, see Plisnier, pages 328 and 329, Secrets d'Ivoire, ill138, La sculpture des Lega p126 and 127, Ethics and Beauty, p121

The figures used in the cult of the Bwami are generically called Iginga
Collective, sacred properties, they are kept in secret, generally in closed wicker baskets. Their use is reserved at passages to the upper (Yananio) and supreme (Kindi) levels
The figure is inseparable from the aphorism associated with it
The Bwami is a hierarchical association by ranks which organizes the social structure and ensures the stability of the Lega community
Each change of level is accompagned with initiation rites where people talk, sing, dance, mime and exhibit. A multitude of aphorisms are used in stories and songs
The aim is to formulate and to interpret in multiple symbolic ways principles, moral and philosophical values and rules of bwami, to each and inculcate them, and to bestow upon the initiates the paraphernalia pertinent to their grade level together with their symbolic references, and to convey the resulting power, prestige and privileges. (Biebuyk, Sculptures don not speak 2010)
The Lega are a Bantu forest people of Central Africa, established in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the provinces of South Kivu and Maniema.
Characteristics:
TYPE OF OBJECT: Figure, statue, figurine.
ETHNICAL GROUP: Lega – Balega - Warega.
ORIGINE: Democratic Republic of Congo.
(ex Belgian Congo, ex Zaïre).
Sud Kivu and Maniema provinces
MATERIAL: Wood
DIMENSIONS: About 12 inches high (30.5 cm)
About 13 1/2" with the base (34.5 cm)
CONDITION: Medium
Please have a look on the pictures.
ESTIMATED AGE: 1930 - 1940

Art Lega - Bibliography:
- Lega. Ethique et Beauté au coeur de l'Afrique. Daniel P. Biebuyck. 2002. KBC.
- Joyaux Lega de la collection Benoît Rousseau. Viviane Baeke, MRAC et Benoît Rousseau. 2013. BRUNEAF.
- A la recherche du sens du Bwami, au fil d'une collection pas comme les autres. Viviane Baeke. Sans date. Musée royal de l'Afrique central.
- La sculpture des Lega. Daniel P. Biebuyck. 1994. Galerie Hélène et Philippe Leloup- Paris-New-York.
- The arts of Zaïre, Vol II Eastern Zaïre. Daniel P. Biebuyck, 1986, University of California Press.
- L'art des Lega d'Afrique centrale, Elizabeth L. Cameron. 2013, Musée du quai Branly.
- Lega Culture. Art, Initiation and Moral Philosophy Among a Central African People. Daniel P. Biebuyck. 1973. University of California Press.
- Les Lega et leur art. Sur les traces d’un rêveur égaré au Congoland Emile-Alexandre Georges. 2005. Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale.
- L'Art Lega - Grandeur et Humilité. Dans la collection Vallois, Valentine Plisnier et Michel Boulanger, 2016
- Sculptures do not speak. The Balega made them speak, Daniel P. Biebuyck Cahiers de littérature orale 67-68: 69-81, 2010
-

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    CONGO DRC
    LEGA Katanda Figure
    Very beautiful sculpture representing Katanda
    The aphorism related to the statuette is the following
    "I have loved you; erotic touching destroys the Righteous and Good people; they have destroyed Katanda"
    Although literally meaning "mat,", the term also refers to a mean, bad-tempered person, something negative, evil, and the expression Katanda ke ibazi, refers to a wild invasion of red ants
    The statue is used in rituals to highlight the positive and negative aspects of the bwami's code of ethics
    In Ethics and Beauty, Daniel Biebuyck, in addition to the meanings given above, also describes Katanda as a bad, unstable and adulterous woman or even a high-ranking initiated seducer.
    Katanda is useful as a reminder of the severe penalties reserved for those who break the moral rules
    For similar statues, see Plisnier, pages 328 and 329, Secrets d'Ivoire, ill138, La sculpture des Lega p126 and 127, Ethics and Beauty, p121

    The figures used in the cult of the Bwami are generically called Iginga
    Collective, sacred properties, they are kept in secret, generally in closed wicker baskets. Their use is reserved at passages to the upper (Yananio) and supreme (Kindi) levels
    The figure is inseparable from the aphorism associated with it
    The Bwami is a hierarchical association by ranks which organizes the social structure and ensures the stability of the Lega community
    Each change of level is accompagned with initiation rites where people talk, sing, dance, mime and exhibit. A multitude of aphorisms are used in stories and songs
    The aim is to formulate and to interpret in multiple symbolic ways principles, moral and philosophical values and rules of bwami, to each and inculcate them, and to bestow upon the initiates the paraphernalia pertinent to their grade level together with their symbolic references, and to convey the resulting power, prestige and privileges. (Biebuyk, Sculptures don not speak 2010)
    The Lega are a Bantu forest people of Central Africa, established in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the provinces of South Kivu and Maniema.
    Characteristics:
    TYPE OF OBJECT: Figure, statue, figurine.
    ETHNICAL GROUP: Lega – Balega - Warega.
    ORIGINE: Democratic Republic of Congo.
    (ex Belgian Congo, ex Zaïre).
    Sud Kivu and Maniema provinces
    MATERIAL: Wood
    DIMENSIONS: About 12 inches high (30.5 cm)
    About 13 1/2" with the base (34.5 cm)
    CONDITION: Medium
    Please have a look on the pictures.
    ESTIMATED AGE: 1930 - 1940

    Art Lega - Bibliography:
    - Lega. Ethique et Beauté au coeur de l'Afrique. Daniel P. Biebuyck. 2002. KBC.
    - Joyaux Lega de la collection Benoît Rousseau. Viviane Baeke, MRAC et Benoît Rousseau. 2013. BRUNEAF.
    - A la recherche du sens du Bwami, au fil d'une collection pas comme les autres. Viviane Baeke. Sans date. Musée royal de l'Afrique central.
    - La sculpture des Lega. Daniel P. Biebuyck. 1994. Galerie Hélène et Philippe Leloup- Paris-New-York.
    - The arts of Zaïre, Vol II Eastern Zaïre. Daniel P. Biebuyck, 1986, University of California Press.
    - L'art des Lega d'Afrique centrale, Elizabeth L. Cameron. 2013, Musée du quai Branly.
    - Lega Culture. Art, Initiation and Moral Philosophy Among a Central African People. Daniel P. Biebuyck. 1973. University of California Press.
    - Les Lega et leur art. Sur les traces d’un rêveur égaré au Congoland Emile-Alexandre Georges. 2005. Musée royal de l'Afrique centrale.
    - L'Art Lega - Grandeur et Humilité. Dans la collection Vallois, Valentine Plisnier et Michel Boulanger, 2016
    - Sculptures do not speak. The Balega made them speak, Daniel P. Biebuyck Cahiers de littérature orale 67-68: 69-81, 2010
    -

    Reserve: $1,200.00

    Shipping:
  • Domestic: Flat-rate of $35.00 to anywhere within the contiguous U.S.
  • International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination. International shipping may be subject to VAT.
  • Combined shipping: Please ask about combined shipping for multiple lots before bidding.
  • Location: This item ships from Belgium

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    Photos, descriptions, and estimates were prepared with the utmost care by a fully certified expert and appraiser. All items in this sale are guaranteed authentic.

    In the rare event that the item did not conform to the lot description in the sale, Jasper52 specialists are here to help. Buyers may return the item for a full refund provided you notify Jasper52 within 5 days of receiving the item.
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