Lega Spoon – D.R. Congo

A lovely Lega spoon with a shallow bowl and deep, warm patina. With its rhythmic curves and bilateral symmetry, the design of this spoon communicates a strong anthropomorphic character and a lovely figurative grace. The gentle edges of the bowl, lightened by use, trace back beyond the neck of the spoon to join and disappear at the “navel” of the handle. Highly stylized spoons of this type figure significantly in the rites and symbolism of the Bwami society, a hierarchical group that plays a strong political and educational role in Lega communities.

Late 19th century
7 1/4" h 2" w
Bone
Provenance: Ex Marc Felix, Brussels; Noble Endicott, New York
#509
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