Kwele Male Marionette with Moveable Legs Gabon
Discover the cultural significance of the Kwele Male Marionette from Gabon. Hand-carved from wood, this unique artifact features moveable legs that bring the traditional dance to life. A one-of-a-kind piece for any collector, this African treasure is a must-have for those looking to add a touch of authenticity to their home decor.
The Kwele live in the northeastern of Gabon and the Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville). They have produced varieties of masks used in the initiation ceremonies into the Bwete cult. The Bwete Society has social control over most activities of the Kwele, a small patrilineal group living to the east of the Fang and Kota, in the dense forests of inland Gabon.
Approximate Age: 20th Century
Made In: Democratic Republic of the Congo