『 TRIBAL ELF - Lega Solo Exhibition 』
Duration: 2015.8.08(Sat.) - 2015.10.10(Sat.)
Opening Hours: Sun. - Sat. 11:00 - 19:00
202 Sec 1. Chien- Kuo South Road. Taipei.106. Taiwan
The Bwami works of art are often associated with proverbs, and these proverbs in conjunction with dance, poetry and song give wisdom to members of the society. Beauty, knowledge and power are intertwined.
Two major types of mask figure in Lega:
The first is a face mask which typically has a heart-shaped face with globular coffee-bean eyes, a linear nose and a diminutive mouth usually located in a pointed chin. White pigments are applied to the mask. The second, called Lukwakongo, is a mask worn on the arm, but it shares the same characteristics as the face masks, except it is smaller and also having a function for identification to indicate his or her rank within the Bwami society.
Lega statuettes are rarely taller than 35cm and were carved principally out of wood and ivory. They had a mnemonic function insofar as they assisted in the telling of ancestor or in the depiction of proverbs. For example, a statuette with several heads would be used in ceremonies to evoke the elephant hunter who sees the animal in front of him while, at the same time, he calls for help behind him. A figure with a raised arm indicates a man acting as a judge. Numerous zoomorphic figures, carved either in wood or ivory, in the shape of frogs, dogs or snakes, are related to every grade of the Bwami society. Finally, ivory heads displaying a pointed chin are found among the Lega as well as their neighbour, the Zimba. These are used only the highest Bwami grade.
Lega sculpture conveys Bwami culture ethical, social and political values.
Lovely shape makes people feel a deep interesting . For Lega works, the most valuable is that its physical beauty and virtue are forever inseparable.