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Metoko Male Striations Congo 29 Inch African Art

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Title Metoko Male Striations Congo 29 Inch African Art
Type of Object carving,  sculpture, figure
Country of Origin Democratic Republic of the Congo
People Metoko
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 29 inches tall x 6 inches wide x 5.5 inches diameter
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair some shallow cracks and worn surfaces


Additional Information: A strong Metoko figure with white pigment and striation markings throughout  the piece.  This is a classic Metoko figure on its own stand and showing evidences of use and good age. Piece of this quality are becoming rare. This piece will stand well in any collection. 

 

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.