A Lega wood figure
Lot 779
A Lega wood figure
Sold for US$ 12,000 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Property from the collection of Lillian and Robert Bohlen
A Lega wood figure
Democratic Republic of Congo, the armless figure, carved with a classical Lega face displaying fine rendering of the heart-shaped brow ridge over the concave facial planes with remains of white kaolin. The torso, powerfully adzed above the bent knees, both with a deep brown lustrous patina. Remains of animal hide to the top of the head.
height 11 ½in


  • Provenance:
    Patrick Claes, Brussels
    Peter Boyd, Seattle

    A great many liberties are taken with the abstraction of the human body in the wooden figures carved for the Lega Bwami society rites. To judge from the extensive Jay Last collection, the wooden figures appear to be rarer than those carved in ivory. The head of this figure shares the facial style of the classic Lega mask. Arms, as in the case of this example, and frequently legs are omitted in many figures.

    Michael Kan, 2008

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