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Statuette Metoko (N° 17429)

This tribal statuette with exorbitant tubular eyes, and whose bulging abdomen forms an edge reminiscent of the crenellated chest and lower limbs, is depicted arms deported backwards and glued to the bust. It would be a sculpted version of the character, worthy old man having been the victim of witchcraft, kakungu. The protruding pupils in a large, engulfed head give it a dazed appearance. Medium brown patina abraded locally.
SealEd Katungu Gospel belonging to the Metoko and Lengola, peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a single God, a rare monotheism in Africa. Their company, Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the association Bwami Lega. The sculptures played a role in the initiation ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high-ranking initiates. Each of these figures had a name, just like the Lega traditions  

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Originex-collection suisse
EthnyMetoko
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height35
Width10
Weight0.45 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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