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Birds and beasts
in Africa

Kozo

Length: 64.000 cm
Height: 28.000 cm

AOA 1905.5-25.6

Kozo, the dog with two heads

From: the Democratic Republic of Congo
Date: early 20th century AD

Kozo's two heads and four eyes mean that he can easily look between the two worlds of the dead and the living.

This wooden carving of Kozo would have been used by the Kongo people to ask dead ancestors for their help in finding and punishing wrong-doers. Powerful medicines were attached to Kozo's back. As each request for help was made, an iron blade was driven into him. You can see all the blades sticking out from his sides.