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Statuette Metoko (N° 17364)
The African art of the forest tribes.
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This figure Metoko represented on a base is close to lengola productions. A geometric head surmounting a straight bust with wide limbs forms a highly stylized figure. Spotted patina, residue of red pigments.
This cult male effigy, which may have been associated with funeral rites and then placed on the tombs, comes from the Metoko and Lengola, located in the center of the Congolese basin between the Lomami and Lualaba rivers, peoples of the primary forest dedicated to the worship of a unique God, a monotheism rare in Africa. Their company, Bukota, welcoming both men and women, is the equivalent of the association Bwami Lega. Their sculptures, influenced by the neighbouring Mbole, Lega and Binja, played a role in initiation, funeral or circumcision ceremonies, and were then placed on the tomb of high-ranking initiates. Each of these figures had an educational name and meaning, just like the Lega traditions.
Sources: Art and Life in Africa C.D.Roy Congo River F. Neyt.
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