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Metoko Kakungu female figure (N° 19782)
This female 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.
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Kakungu cult statue belonging to the Metoko and Lengola, peoples of the primary forest 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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|Origin||ex-collection E. Caldwell - USA|
|Country||rdc ex zaire|
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