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Statue Ibubi Metoko (N° 17762)

This male statue named Ibubi , belonging to the Nkumi, former Bukota , was used as the figure kakungu for the initiation rites of male society and also played a role in mediations during disputes. Mahogany brown oiled patina, remnants of kaolin and red ochre.
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, a monotheism rare in Africa. Their three-grade society, the Bukota, structured daily life and welcomed both men and women. It represents the equivalent of the association Bwami of the Lega. The sculptures played a role in the initiation ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high-ranking initiates. Kakungu in particular was surrounded by other sculpted objects, including figures of the couple Ntanda and Itea, related to initiation rites and circumcision. Each of these figures had a name, just like the Lega traditions.  

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Originex-collection italienne
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, fourrure
Weight2.55 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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