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Statue Metoko (N° 19241)
It was during funerary rites that this figure appeared and was then installed on the tomb. Very geometric, the sculpture also seems to have been organized around the sex of the figure. Lozenge patterns punctuate the light-colored surface, on which there are residual inlays of white clay. Erosion and cracks.
Statues named Ibubi , belonging to the Nkumi, elder of the Bukota used as the figure kakungu for initiation rites of the male society, played a role during mediation in disputes.
The Metoko and the Lengola, whose ritual sculptures are very similar, are peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, a monotheism rare in Africa. Their society comprising three grades, the Bukota, structured daily life and welcomed 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 graves of high-ranking initiates.
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|Origin||Ex-collection E. Caldwell|
|Country||rdc ex zaire|
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