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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.
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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.
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