Great Statue Kouyou - African art

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Great Statue Kouyou (N° 8662)

Kouyou terracotta statues are distinguished in African art by the bright colors with which their patina is adorned.
We find figures sitting or standing as is the case here, arms always along the body. The head is almost spherical and very expressive, the eyes drooping and the mouth open. Curved polychrome motifs decorate the whole piece.

In the past, the Kuyu were divided into two totemic clans: the panther clan in the west and the snake clan in the east.
A secret men's association, Ottoté, played an important political role in the appointment of the chiefs.
The initiation of the young men ended with the revelation of the serpent god Ebongo represented in the form of a head.
The dances that accompanied the ceremony reactivated the successive stages of creation. The panther clan had a drum for emblem.
The snake's head, on the other hand, had carved heads, painted in bright colors, on sticks that the manipulator, concealed under a long robe, held outstretched hands above his head.  

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OriginPièce récoltée "in situ"
Height cm71
Width25 cm
Weight5.80 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1990
Socle includedYes

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