Lega Hat Buttons on Basketry Bwami Society Congo Africa

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Seller: africadirect ✉️ (58,856) 99.7%, Location: Denver, Colorado, US, Ships to: WORLDWIDE, Item: 334471402345 Lega Hat Buttons on Basketry Bwami Society Congo Africa. .africaDirect { background: #fff; } .africaDirect td.logo { padding: 0 10px; background: #000; } .description { font: normal 14px serif; margin: 0 auto; width: 500px; color: #000; text-align: left; } .africaDirect a { font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline; color: #55ae3a; } .africaDirect .endDiv { background: url("https://www.africadirect.com/images/endpicbkg.jpg") #ebf2e5; height: 450px; width: 450px; font-family: arial; font-size: 9px; line-height: 11px; text-align: left; padding: 25px; } .africaDirect .endDiv p { margin: 5px 0px; } .data-table { border:1px solid #bebcb7; width:575px; } .data-table tr { background:#fff; } .data-table td { padding:3px 8px; border:1px solid #BEBCB7} Type of Object Hat Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo People Lega Materials Vegetal fibers, buttons Approximate Age 20th century Height (in) 8 Width (in) 6.5 Depth (in) 6 Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. Additional Information: Lega hats reveal status among the Bwami secret society which governs most of Lega life. Animals are important in Bwami symbolism, and elephant, pangolin, and hornbill all represent different levels of Bwami. This one is decorated with buttons the Lega got from Europeans. Besides any aesthetic consideration, these buttons added value and prestige to the hat. Hats such as this were worn by the grader members of the Bwami, the Ngandu and Yananio. They were worn during the ceremonies and dances celebrating new graders or initiates. The buttons were most likely from the clothing of western missionaries! For a fascinating article with numerous examples, see Elizabeth Cameron's article on Lega Hats in Arnoldi and Kreamer's CROWNING ACHIEVEMENTS-AFRICAN ARTS OF DRESSING THE HEAD. See also an example from the Collection of Marc and Denyse Ginzberg, Sotheby's, Paris, 10 september 2007, fig. 61 A **139120** All content, including pictures, Copyright Africa Direct Inc., 2022 Add Us To Your Favorite Sellers! Please visit our About Us page. Africa Direct, Inc. has been selling on eBay since 1997 and has received more than 56,000 positive feedbacks. It is owned by Eliza and Sara, who began the company after spending a year wandering southern Africa in a camper van with their multi-racial family. They have been honored with eBay's Hall of Fame award, and by eBay Giving Works, through which they have raised more than $125,000 in charity auctions. 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When you're ready, just send us a list of item numbers or an invoice request and we'll send you an invoice. You can pay by Paypal or credit card. U.S. Shipping: Our staff take great care in packing our artwork, much of which is antique, irregularly-shaped, and fragile. The cost of labor and the special packing materials used is reflected in our shipping price. Our U.S. shipping charges also include insurance; we self-insure on smaller orders. For these reasons, our shipping and handling charges may be more than the price of postage. . International Shipping: We ship dozens of international orders each week, to customers on every continent except Antarctica! The shipping charges included in our listings are for U.S. orders. Contact us for shipping charges to your country. We offer uninsured USPS First Class airmail, insured Priority airmail, and insured Express airmail to most parts of the world, depending on the weight, volume, and value of an item. We also ship via FedEx or DHL on request. Import duties, taxes, and charges are NOT INCLUDED in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding / buying. These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up -- do not confuse them for additional shipping charges. And please do not ask us to mark merchandise values below the actual value or mark items as "gifts"--U.S. and International government regulations prohibit such behavior. Newsletter, previews and special offers: Sign up for our newsletter Go to Africa Direct Store Material: Vegetal fibers, buttons, type: Hat, Tribe: Lega, Maker: Lega Artisan - Africa, Original/Reproduction: Original

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