Miniature bill hook
- Lega peoples
- 19th–20th century
Bwami ritual objects include figures and miniature nonfunctional tools carved out of ivory, bone, and wood. Such objects have specific names and meanings, which without field documentation cannot always be identified with confidence. The meaning of a billhook knife is known. It refers to a proverb: “He who has not many [people] cannot clear the tangle of lianas.” It expresses mugusu, a key Bwami concept about diligence and cooperation among many people to succeed in Bwami and in life in general.
Roslyn A. Walker, Label text, Arts of Africa, 2015.