Figure (iginga)

Figure (iginga)

probably 1800s

Elephant ivory, tukula, and oil

Overall: 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.)

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.


Ideal Beauty
See also
African Art
African Art
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