This Kuyu puppet head was a marionette that was danced in a ceremony called “kebe kebe” by the serpent clan.  These sculpted heads painted in vivid colors with geometric designs were perched atop sticks and held by the dancer above his head during initiations.

Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance: From a New York collection
Materials: Wood and pigment with custom stand
Dimensions: 16 1/2 in. high x 4 3/4  in. wide 
Condition: Figure in fine condition with small age crack in back
Inventory #A3271
Price: $2,500
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