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Large Metoko mask (N° 17171)
Somewhat dazed face for this African mask of Metoko , Mituku , usually exhibited at funerals. The network of parallel lines, in relation to traditional scarifications, reveal the status of the incarnate character, a worthy old man having been the victim of witchcraft, kakungu. The dark patina is abraded, updating a light wood. Lacks on the edges.
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The Mbole, Yela, Lengola and Metoko ethnic groups, whose iniatic societies include simlarities, live on the left bank of the Zaire River, the Lualaba region in ancient Katanga. The plastic works of these groups also bear similarities. Their company, butoka, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the association Bwami 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 the Lega traditions, referring to behaviors symbolized by characters. The two higher ranks, nkumi and kasimbi , enjoyed the prerogative to hold certain objects of worship.
(ref.: Art ande Life in Africa, C.D.Roy , African Art Kerchache , Paudrat, Stephan.)
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|Country||rdc ex zaire|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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