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Kota/Sangu braided rattle (N° 19844)

Musical instruments, indispensable accessories of traditional African art. Accessory accompanying the various ceremonies and ritual dances, this rattle in the form of a woven basket is extended with a handle. The whole is decorated with a face of ancestor of the bwete such as those plated with metal strips that surmount the reliquary baskets. Plant elements, seeds for example, introduced into the body of the instrument, clashed during rhythmic dances producing a soft sound.
The Bakota live in the eastern part of Gabon, which is rich in iron ore, and some in the Republic of Congo. The blacksmith, in addition to woodcarving, made tools for agricultural work as well as ritual weapons. The sculptures playing the role of "medium" between the living and the dead who watched over the descendants, were associated with the rites to the bwete, comparable to those of the Fang.  

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OriginCollexction belge Scruel
Material(s)wood, vannerie, metal
Weight0.32 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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