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Headdress - Cauris, Plant fibre, Shells - Bwami - Lega - Congo DRC - Asian African Art
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Headdress – Cauris, Plant fibre, Shells – Bwami – Lega – Congo DRC


mid 20th century – Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object:Headdress (More lots)
Indigenous object name:Bwami
Ethnic group:Lega
Region/ country:Congo DRC
Material:Cauris, Plant fibre, Shells
Period:mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:15×18×18 cm
Weight:450 g

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These kinds of headdresses were worn by members of the highest ranks of the secret Bwami society, ruling the social structure of the Lega.
These objects were part of the isengo, meaning that they were sacred and therefore, they could only be worn by initiates.

The materials that were used vary, there are clothing buttons, cowry shells, beads or cocoa beans.
The Bwami was a semi-secret society that ruled the Lega society, also in terms of ethic.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 – 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.

Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).