Kuyu Wood Carved Puppet Head

14156. Kuyu Wood Carved Puppet Head

Kuyu people, Congo

Male members of the Kuyu tribe belong to the secret men’s Ottote society. Characterized by an elaborate coiffure including two rows of carved cowry shells (indicating wealth). Representing male ancestors, the head was carried through the village on a tall pole during ceremonies marking the end of the Ottote society initiation period.

Size 23 inches H + custom base.

Provenance: Ex Bonham’s Auction Nov 9, 2011 Lot #382. Ex Mary Sue and Paul Peter Rosen,


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