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Metoko Miniature Toothy Mouth Congo African Art

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Title Metoko Miniature Toothy Mouth Congo African Art
Type of Object Carving, Figure, Statue, Sculpture
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of Congo
People Metoko, Lengola, Lega
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Height (in) 11
Width (in) 2
Dimensions Height: 4-6 Inches
Width: 2-3 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair feet are chipped, scraped surfaces

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The Metoko people live on the left bank of the Zaire River in an area that is densely wooded. They are heavily influenced by their larger populated neighbors the Lega and the Lengola. Figures among the Metoko are defined by their highly abstracted forms that are further defined by a series of dotted forms or incised lines on the upper parts of their bodies. Though not fully documented or illustrated figures like this finely carved example are used by a secret society known as Bukota to which both men and women belong. Though not specifically assigned a particular purpose Metoko figures are used for initiations, funerals, peace-making and during circumcision of young initiates. Figures are generally in the possession of the most senior members of the Bukota society and will be identified with names associated with positive behavior.
Recommended Reading: A SURVEY OF ZAIREAN ART-THE BRONSON COLLECTION by Cornet; Biebuyck, Daniel, ‘Sculpture From Eastern Zaire Forest Regions: Metoko, Lengola and Komo,’ African Arts 10(1): pp. 52-58.