African art > African statues : tribal fetish, maternity > Statue Metoko
Figure fémnine Metoko Itea (N° 19533)
Ex-collection of Belgian African art.
It is during initiatory rites that this figure appeared accompanied by its male complement Ntanda. In addition, they welcomed the souls of the recently deceased before their departure to the afterlife, and were then abandoned in the forest. Lozenge patterns punctuate the matt surface. Erosions and cracks.
The Metoko and the Lengola, whose ritual sculptures are very close, are peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, monotheism rare in Africa. Their society comprising three grades, the Bukota, structured daily life and welcomed both men and women. It represents the equivalent of the Bwami association of the Lega. The sculptures played a role during initiation ceremonies, and were then placed on the graves of high-ranking initiates.
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