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Figure (iginga)

Figure (iginga)

probably 1800s

Elephant ivory, tukula, and oil

Overall: 16.7 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm (6 9/16 x 2 3/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Weight: 0.44 kg

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2005.3

Location

On view at:

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Nov 10, 2022 - Feb 27, 2023

Description

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.

Video

Remembrance
Ideal Beauty
See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture

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