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Montol male figure of Komtin (N° 20319)
The scarified face, powerfully expressive through the accentuation of the frown, is framed by large ears and crowned by a circular protrusion.
The elongation of the concave bust projecting forward the chest and the umbilicus, the curvature of the arms extended by open palms, the thick disk of the hips, energize this figure of the Montols.
The body also bears regular striations evoking the body scarifications of groups in the region, such as the Goemai, Tarok (who name their healing society Kwompten), and the Ngas, from central Nigeria. The latter make use of similar statues, often more schematic.
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Dark patina, locally satiny, damaged base.
It is during healing rites, or even divination of the origins of diseases, that this sculpture played, for the members of the komtin male society, a major role.
The stocky morphology of the Montol statues is characterized by broad shoulders, a narrow bust, and thick, short legs. The head is generally spherical and the features are sketchy.
The Montols kept the sculptures for community use in the "dodos", thatched huts decorated with skulls-trophies, where they were used in cults following ritual libations.
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