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Kuyu Puppet (N° 22567)

Emblematic puppet intended for the dance kibe-kibe, or Ebokita (S.Diakonoff) this sculpture refers to the mythical ancestor Oso. The face bears scarified patterns, and the mouth reveals sharp teeth.
Polychrome satin patina. Cracks.
Formerly, the Kouyou were divided into two totemic clans: in the West that of the panther, and in the East that of the snake. A secret men's association, Ottoté, played an important political role in the appointment of chiefs. The initiation of young people ended with the revelation of the serpent god Ebongo represented in the form of a head. The Kibe-kibe or Kebekebe dances, which accompanied the ceremony, reactivated the successive stages of creation. The panther clan had a drum as their emblem. For its part, that of the snake had sculpted heads, painted in bright colors, on sticks that the manipulator, concealed under a long robe, held with his hands stretched above his head.
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Originex-collection française
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm57
Width15 cm
Weight2.40 Kg
Socle includedYes

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