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Kuyu Mask (N° 21255)

Female figure richly adorned, topped with a totemic animal, represented seated on a janiform mask. The bust is scarified, coated with a burgundy red pigmented dye. Thick polychrome crusty patina, locally chipped.
Two totemic clans once formed the Kuyu ethnic group, living along the river of the same name, in the northwest of the People's Republic of the Congo: to the west that of the panther, and to the east that of the snake. A secret male association, Ottoté , played an important political role in the appointment of chiefs. The initiation of young men ended with the revelation of the serpent god Ebongo represented in the form of a head. The Kibe-kibe dances that accompanied the ceremony reactivated the successive stages of creation. The panther clan had a drum as its emblem. For its part, the snake clan had carved heads, painted in bright colors, on sticks that the manipulator, concealed under a long robe, held with his hands stretched above his head. "African art" Mazenod  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyKouyou
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height cm60
Width26 cm
Weight5.00 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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