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Metoko statue (N° 20423)

This sculpture played a role in funeral rites and was then placed on the tomb of the deceased. The face, graphic, and the body, worked in a realistic style, are divided into two colors. Residual clay incrustations. Desiccation cracks.
Statues named Ibubi, belonging to the Nkumi, ancient of the Bukota used as the kakungu figure for initiation rites in male society, played a role during mediation in disputes. The Metoko and Lengola, whose ritual sculptures are very similar, are peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, a rare monotheism in Africa. Their society comprising three ranks, the Bukota, structured daily life and accommodated 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 tomb of high rank initiates. Kakungu in particular was surrounded by other carved objects, including couple figures Ntanda and Itea , related to initiation rites and circumcision. Most of these figures had names, similar to lega traditions.  

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OriginEx-collection Pernas
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm39
Width14 cm
Weight1.45 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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