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Funeral statue Metoko (N° 18665)
Ex-collection of Italian African tribal art.
It is during funeral rites that this figure appeared, whose head cut into angular planes adopts an afflicted expression. The digitized hands, joined together under the chin, seem to support the jaw. The exorbitant pupils are also a sign of disarray. Evoking the outfit of masked dancers, cuffs and a raffia net belt, decorated with textile balls, give it an uncommon cachet. Abraded matt patina, polychrome highlights. Cracks and abrasions.
Statues named Ibubi , belonging to the Nkumi, elder of the Bukota used as the figure kakungu for initiation rites of the male society, played a role during mediation in disputes.
The Metoko and the Lengola, whose ritual sculptures are very similar, are peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, a 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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