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Lega

 1,400.00

A fine Lega figure from a Dutch collection from before 1947.

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Description:
A Fine LEGA IVORY HALF FIGURE
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, CIRCA 1900
5.5 in. = 14 cm high
20 cm on the stand ( glued)
Provenance: Bought in a Dutch private collection.
Condition: A hole on top of the head to insert magic substance.
Some cracks and signs of wear all around. (see photos)
Signification:
Those figures are part from the Bwami secret society rituals with 7 levels.
In this case it represents a man whose women has been unfaithful, then the man is loosing his power and his force.
There also exist another figure of the unfaithful woman who has a giant belly due to the fact another man made here pregnant.
Special notice:
Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to buying if they intend to import this lot into another country. It is legal to handle ivory for antiques when the artefacts date from before 1947 according to the rules of the Washington convention signed 3 March 1973 ( and more commonly known as CITES).
I will only handle expeditions inside Europe for this item.

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