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Statuette Metoko (N° 18987)

The African art of the forest tribes.
Initiation figure of the Bukota society, probably a variant of the "kakungu" effigy, this rare reworked statuette without arms offers a leather-corse bust. Dark oiled patina, residual incrustations of white and ochre pigments on the face.
This cult male effigy comes from the Metoko and Lengola, located in the center of the Congolese basin between the Lomami and Lualaba rivers, peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, monotheism rare in Africa. Their society , the Bukota , welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the association Bwami of the Lega. Their sculptures, subject to the influence of the neighboring Mbole, Lega and Binja, played a role during initiation, funeral or circumcision ceremonies, and were then placed on the graves of high-ranking initiates. Each of these figures had a name and meaning for educational purposes, as did the Lega traditions.

Sources: "Art and Life in Africa" C.D.Roy; "Congo River" F. Neyt.  

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Originex-collection monégasque
EthnyMetoko
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, cuir
Height40
Width12
Weight0.80 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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