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Kuyu Marotte (N° 20967)

Emblematic figure intended for the kibe-kibe, or Ebokita dance (S.Diakonoff) this sculpture refers to the mythical ancestor Oso. The face bears scarified patterns, and the mouth reveals sharp teeth.
Polychrome satin patina. Erosions.
In the past, the Kouyou were divided into two totemic clans: in the West that of the panther, and in the East that of the serpent. 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 or Kebekebe dances, which 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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OriginEx-collection allemande
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm43
Width12 cm
Weight1.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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