Metoko Wood Carved Mask Congo

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller africadirect ✉️ (59,402) 99.9%, Location: Denver, CO, US, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 334834765917 Metoko Wood Carved Mask Congo. Style Mask Brand Unbranded Type of Object Mask People Metoko Approximate Age 20th century Height (in) 9.5In Width (in) 11in Depth (in) 3.5in Overall Condition Fair to Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Damage/Repair Few well worn surface spots. See photos for examples Metoko style is recognized here by the conceptual form of the face and its details. Masks like this are used by a semi-secret society known as Bukota among the Metoko and Lengola to which both men and women belong. Bukota is similar to the Bwami society among the Lega where masks serve to instruct, initiate and function as badges validating the initiate’s knowledge of the secrets of Bwami and indicates their rank. Though not specifically assigned a particular purpose Metoko masks appear at funerals, initiations of members of the Bukota society and at the time of punishment of malefactors and witches. Lengola and Metoko masks are uncommon and this is a particularly finely carved example that would add to a collection. The 15,000 Metoko live in east central part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, west of the confluence of the Ulindi and Zaire Rivers. Their neighbors to the north are the Lengola, with the Kumu and the Lega to their east. The Metoko and Lengola people live on the left bank of the Zaire River in an area that is densely wooded. They are heavily influenced in their art and secret societies by their more numerous neighbors the Lega. There are relatively few masks from either the Metoko or Lengola with major influences coming from the Lega where masks play a vital role in Bwami Society rituals and ceremonies. tb1022 **143154** All content, including pictures, Copyright Africa Direct Inc., 2023 Add Us To Your Favorite Sellers! Please visit our About Us page. Africa Direct, Inc. has been selling on eBay since 1997 and has received more than 56,000 positive feedbacks. It is owned by Eliza and Sara, who began the company after spending a year wandering southern Africa in a camper van with their multi-racial family. They have been honored with eBay's Hall of Fame award, and by eBay Giving Works, through which they have raised more than $125,000 in charity auctions. Customer Service : We treasure our many long term customers, and will try to make you one of them! If you have problems, please tell us... we care! Handling Time : We ship daily except Sundays and holidays. Most orders go out the same day, and all go out within 48 hours. Returns : We want you to be happy with your purchase. You're welcome to return an item within 30 days in the same condition you received it--just let us know you're returning it. You may have either a credit or a refund for your purchase price, not including shipping both ways. If your original payment was made through PayPal, we'll refund you through PayPal; if you paid us directly with your credit card, we'll refund the credit card. Combining Shipping : You are welcome to wait to pay, and to combine multiple items for shipping. We ask that you keep each order to 10 days or 10 items, whichever comes first--then start another order. When you're ready, just send us a list of item numbers or an invoice request and we'll send you an invoice. You can pay by Paypal or credit card. U.S. Shipping : Our staff take great care in packing our artwork, much of which is antique, irregularly-shaped, and fragile. The cost of labor and the special packing materials used is reflected in our shipping price. Our U.S. shipping charges also include insurance; we self-insure on smaller orders. For these reasons, our shipping and handling charges may be more than the price of postage. . International Shipping : We ship dozens of international orders each week, to customers on every continent except Antarctica! The shipping charges included in our listings are for U.S. orders. Contact us for shipping charges to your country. We offer uninsured USPS First Class airmail, insured Priority airmail, and insured Express airmail to most parts of the world, depending on the weight, volume, and value of an item. We also ship via FedEx or DHL on request. Import duties, taxes, and charges are NOT INCLUDED in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding / buying. These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up -- do not confuse them for additional shipping charges. And please do not ask us to mark merchandise values below the actual value or mark items as "gifts"--U.S. and International government regulations prohibit such behavior. Newsletter, previews and special offers : Sign up for our newsletter Go to Africa Direct Store author: None, Maker: Metoko Artisan, style: Mask, Material: Wood, brand: Unbranded, type: Mask, Color: Brown, Tribe: Metoko, Original/Reproduction: Original

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