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Katanda figure – Bone – Lega – DR Congo


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Powerfull bone Katanda figure from the Lega tribe of DR Congo. Within the context of the Bwami society one finds a number of fixed representations of important social themes. One is Katanda.
Katanda or sleeping mat stands for the adulterous woman who mocks the rules of modesty and faithfulness to be expected of the wife of a high-placed official of Bwami. This figure has flat arms and body pierced with holes and a square lower body and ditto legs. This example is made in bone and has a great patina due to much handling.

For the literature see: Daniel P. Biebuyck: Lega, Brussels, 2002 p. 121

Object: Katanda figure
Ethnic group/ culture: Lega
Region/ country: Congo
Material: Lega 
Period: 2nd half 20th century
Dimensions: 32×22×4 cm
Weight: 450 g


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