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Female figure Metoko Kakungu (N° 18558)

This sculpture, which was preserved in the hut of the future circumcised, represents kakungu , being mythical whose exorbitant eyes indicate that he was the victim of witchcraft. The lines engraved on his body, encrusted with kaolin, evoke the traditional tattoos and scarifications in use. The dark areas are satiny.

Kakungu cultstatue 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 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 related to initiation rites and circumcision. Each of these figures had a name, just like the Lega traditions.  

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OriginEx-collection Ghisolfi
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm47
Width12 cm
Weight0.70 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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