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Men's statuette Metoko Kakungu (N° 19860)

This male figure was kept in the hut of future circumcisers. It represents kakungu , a mythical being whose bulging eyes indicate that he would have been a victim of witchcraft. The engraved lines, encrusted with kaolin, evoke the traditional tattoos and scarifications in use. This carved figure was displayed alongside a similar female figure.
Kakungu cult statue belonging to the Metoko and Lengola, primary forest peoples dedicated to the worship of a single God, a rare monotheism in Africa. Their society comprising three ranks, the Bukota, structured daily life and accommodated both men and women. It represents the equivalent of the Bwami association of the Lega. The sculptures played a role during initiation ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high rank initiates. Kakungu in particular was surrounded by other carved objects related to initiation rites and circumcision. Each of these figures had a name, as in the Lega traditions.  

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Originex-collection Caldwell - USA
EthnyMetoko
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height39
Width11
Weight0.75 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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