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Female Metoko figure (N° 20891)

A female counterpart to the metoko figures, this statuette has a narrow body surmounted by a large head and shows scarification in parallel lines. Inlaid kaolin pigments, golden satin patina. Desiccation cracks.

Katungu cult statue 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 society ,the Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the Bwami association of the Lega. The sculptures played a role during initiation and conciliation ceremonies, and were then placed on the graves of high rank initiates. Each of these figures had a name, similar to Lega traditions.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
Countryrdc ex zaire
Height cm24
Width7 cm
Weight0.20 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxxème
Socle includedYes

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