The Kuyu puppet head was held over the head by a shaft used during initiations of the serpent clan in a dance called “kebe kebe.” This Kuyu puppet is janus faced wearing a collar of geometric designs supported by a cylindrical shaft. Each face displays downcast eyes, open mouth with teeth and has distinctive scarification.
Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance: From a Belgium collection
Materials: Wood and pigment with custom stand
Dimensions: 18 in. high x 5 in. wide
Condition: Figure in good condition, the middle and lower supporting shaft is weathered with some loss and abrasion.
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