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Metoko Kakungu Mask (N° 14300)

Tubular eyelids give an exorbitant look to this African Metoko mask, Mituku, with a handle to hold it in front of the face. It was usually exhibited at funerals. The network of parallel lines, associated with tribal scarfications, reveal the status of the character embodied in the mask, a worthy old man who has been a victim of witchcraft, kakungu. The furrows are encrusted with residues of white kaolin pigments, in contrast to the dark brown, sainpatina patina covering the lower part of the mask. Room in good general condition.
The Mbole, Yela, Lengola and Metoko ethnic groups, whose iniatic societies include simlarity, live on the left bank of the Zaire River, the Lualaba region of ancient Katanga. The plastic works of these groups also have similarities. Their company, Butoka , welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the association Bwami of Lega. The sculptures, often geometric and decorated with coloured spots, played a role in the context of the initiation ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high-ranking initiates. Each of these figures had a name, like lega traditions, referring to behaviors symbolized by characters. The two higher ranks, nkumi and kasimbi , had the prerogative to hold certain objects of worship.
(ref.: Art ande Life in Africa, C.D.Roy , U.0022L African Art" Kerchache , Paudrat, Stephan.)  

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Originex-collection Moreno
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm35
Width19 cm
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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