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Funeral statue Metoko (N° 17771)

Among the African traditional sculptures associated with the Bukota, this type of male figure intervened during funeral rites and was then placed on a grave. Grainy matte patina, kaolin and red ochre highlights. Abrasions, cracks
The Metoko and the Lengola, whose ritual sculptures are very close, are peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a unique God, a rare monotheism 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 couple Ntanda and Itea , in relation to initiation rites and circumcision. Each of these figures had a name, just like the Lega traditions.  

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Originex-collection allemande
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm50
Width16 cm
Weight2.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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