Bwami Bone Serpent/Human

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A bone kalimbangoma serpent that also serves as a human figure.  Used in the Bwami society of the Lega peoples of Dem. Rep. Congo.  Used in initation rites and one of the highest ranks in the society. Decorated with traditional designs.  Circa 20th Century, bone with cowrie shell eyes.  7.25" x 2".    Price on request
 

"Iginga figures are individually owned by the highest ranking society members, are the most coveted of all initiation objects. Some
anthropomorphic figures are called kalimbangoma. Each member of Musagi wa Kindi, a sublevel of the highest Bwami rank, owns a bone or
ivory human kalimbangoma figure as a sign of his status."

References: Art of the Lega

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