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Rare Metoko Female figure - Metoko - DR Congo

Lot reference 21968229
Rare Metoko Female figure - Metoko - DR Congo

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20th century

Rare Metoko Female figure, DR Congo

H: 90 cm

Metoko statuary is rare and little has been written to place these sculptures in their original context. According to Biebuyck (in Tervuren, 1995 : 382 and 1976 : 52), the sculptures belong to the political and religious Bukota society, whose structure is similar to the Bwami of the neighbouring Lega. Large full size statues were the exclusive property of its highest-ranking members and were evidence of their position and status. They were used during initiation rituals and also placed in the tombs of eminent initiates (ibid).
The limited corpus makes the definition of stylistic regions or schools difficult. All the known figures are connected by similar aesthetics -in the vein of the neighbouring Lega, Mbole and Lengola statuaries- combining simplified forms, heart-shaped faces pared down to their essential lines, angular outlines and stippled body adornments. The offered statue is one of the most accomplished testaments to the startling modernity of the carver's eye. The balance of its' posture –between tension and repose - the rhythm of the outline - flat planes cutting across the apparent rotundity of its shapes- and the force of the face –with its lozenge-shaped eyes and lack of mouth, make the figure stand out.     

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Catawiki member since July 22, 2014, received 38 reviews in total (27 in last 12 months)

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    Très bel objets comparé au corpus existant.ravi de cet achat.
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    die Figur kam wohlbehalten hier an und sie gefällt mir sehr gut..
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    Snelle verzending, uitstekend verpakt, in perfecte staat conform omschrijving. Hartelijk dank!
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    Diverse herinneringsmails moeten sturen voordat bieder500 het pakje opstuurt, wat nota bene open en zichtbaar verpakt is in een doosje afkomstig van de kama sutra beurs. Vind ik ongepast!!!
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    SUPER EMBALLAGE ET SUPER ITEM!!!!!!!
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    Faithful description, packaging and shipping ok. Just a problem with PostNL (first name/surname reversed, which delayed the delivery).
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    Pessimo imballaggio, che ha in parte sciupato l'oggetto. C'era scritto metà XX secolo, in realtà era recentissimo, neanche da bancarella. Sono veramente deluso. VERY UPSET.
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    Superbe pièce et excellent emballage d'une pièce fragile. En toute confiance.
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    22yves July 31, 2018

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    Not a recommendable seller!Seller would not talk about canceling the purchase because he mentioned figure was early 20th C.,it was a fake.I paid 16€ for shipping,seller shipped for €6,95.Fraud!

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    snelle levering, goede kwaliteit van het geleverde. komt overeen met de beschrijving.
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