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Kuyu (Visions of Africa) (2019)

ISBN: 9788874399154
Author(s): Anne-Marie Bénézech
Format: paperback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2021
Publisher: 5 Continents Edition
Total Pages: 152
Illustrations: Lavishly illustrated

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A wide range of authentic objects belonging to Equatorial African culture

Part of the Visions of Africa series

The Kuyu are an ethnic group who live in northern Congo-Brazzaville, on the banks of the River Congo, in a part of Equatorial Africa that has remained only marginally influenced by Moslem encroachment and Western colonialism. Kuyu art can be broadly broken down into three styles, the first two ― of which there are the fewest examples ― are strictly associated with the Kuyu ethnic group, while the third style, which has the largest sculptural component, includes both Kuyu and Mbochi pieces. Among these are a number of statuettes and especially wooden clubs topped with a human head (the most recent being polychrome), known as Kebe-Kebe, which were used in the dance by the same name. This ritual performance has remained faithful to its original function of giving physical expression to the Kuyu cosmogony.

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