The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of May 27, 2016

Figurine, probably 1800s

ivory, Overall: h. 17.50 cm (6 7/8 inches). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2005.3

The life of Lega men and women is structured around their advancement through the different grades of the Bwami association. Fulfilling political, social, religious, and other roles, the members’ ultimate purpose is the pursuit of wisdom and excellence. Ivory figurines were reserved for members of the two highest Bwami grades, in which the core of the Lega’s moral philosophy is revealed.

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