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Totem figure Kouyou (N° 12967)

African tribal art Kouyou.
Figure with her arms attached to the scarred bust, she sports necklaces, bracelets and scarifications. This African statue Kouyou is encased with an orange-pink pigmented dye, the mouth reveals sharp teeth. She is also wearing a totem animal. It rises from a base that is adorned with three faces with a face identical to its own. Two totem clans once formed the Kuyu ethnic group, living along the river of the same name, in the northwest of the People's Republic of Congo: in the west that of the panther, and in the east that of the snake. A secret male association, Ottoté , played an important political role in the appointment of leaders. The initiation of the young men ended with the revelation of the snake god Ebongo represented in the form of a head. The dances Kibe-kibe that accompanied the ceremony reactivated the successive stages of creation. The panther clan had a drum as its emblem. For its part, the snake's had carved heads, painted in bright colors, on sticks that the manipulator, concealed under a long robe, held with his hands outstretched above his head. "African art" Mazenod  

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Height cm65
Width18 cm
Weight2.00 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1970

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