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Metoko statue (N° 22804)

This figure with an abstract body rising from a rounded block, an evocation of the primordial ancestor, comes from the Metoko and Lengola. People of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, they are established in the center of the Congolese basin between the Lomami and Lualaba rivers.

Their society, the Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the Bwami association of the Lega. Their sculptures, subject to the influence of the neighboring Mbole, Lega and Binja, played a role during initiation, funeral or circumcision ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high-ranking initiates. Each of these figures had a name and a meaning for educational purposes, following the example of lega traditions.

Dark oiled patina, grainy residue, underlying light pigments.

Sources: "Art and Life in Africa" C.D.Roy; "Congo River" F. Neyt.  


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OriginRécoltée in-situ 1994
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm49
Width14 cm
Weight1.35 Kg

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