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African art - African Reliquary:

In Africa, reliquaries are the guardians of buried ancestors. They can keep bones, or the skulls of dignitaries, chiefs, warriors, dead and kept in sacred concessions. The reliquaries are also receptacles often cylindrical wicker baskets intended for the preservation of relics, this being a widespread practice in Central Africa among Kota, Fang, Tsogho. Some reliquaries like the Ambete are statues with a receptacle placed in the back.


Figure of reliquary Kota Mahongwe
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The warhead head flanked by a short summit growth carries cabochons pierced by a pupil on either side of a ridge showing the nose. Thin strips of copper and brass alternate on the surface mated by the sand supposed to reactivate the magical power of the reliquary. Foot eroded.
The cult of ancestors, the bwete (North Kota) was at the heart of the social and religious life of the Kota and has many analogies with that of Fang . In the exclusive presence of insiders, the clan's major decisions were made during ceremonies during which the reliquaries were taken out and used. In order to reactivate the magical charge, the initiates rubbed the relic with sand. In the Kota , these figures have achieved a staggering degree of stylization and abstraction: reduced to the shoulders and arms ...

Figure of reliquary Kota Shamaye
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This ritual sculpture, plated with brass-brass leaves according to the kota tradition, forms a stylized image of the ancestor, a coat of arms also for the clan, and is generally distinguished by the shape of the headdress, which varies according to the regions. On this copy, an ridge separates the eyes in cabochons in a warhead face, with a two-hulled headdress typical of the Shamaye of the Ivindo basin. The outgrowth is the former ibenda braided by dignitaries.
The Kota inhabit the eastern part of Gabon, which is rich in iron ore, and some in the Republic of Congo. The blacksmith, in addition to wood carving, made tools for agricultural work as well as ritual weapons. Sculptures playing the role of 'medium' between the living and the dead who watched over the descendants, were ...

Figure of Kota reliquary
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This ritual sculpture, plated with brass-brass leaves according to the kota tradition, forms a stylized image of the ancestor, a coat of arms also for the clan, and is generally distinguished by the shape of the headdress, which varies according to the regions. The Kota inhabit the eastern part of Gabon, which is rich in iron ore, and some in the Republic of Congo. The blacksmith, in addition to wood carving, made tools for agricultural work as well as ritual weapons. Sculptures playing the role of 'medium' between the living and the dead who watched over the descendants, were associated with the rites of the bwete, comparable to those of the Fang . They are sometimes bifaces, mbulu-viti, symbolizing both the masculine and feminine aspects. This type of coin, called ngulu, served as a ...


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The baskets containing the relics of illustrious ancestors, usually surmounted by two reliquaries, were kept in temples in the village. One was the founder of the lineage, and the second his descendants. The cult of ancestors, the bwete (North Kota) was at the heart of the social and religious life of the Kota and has many analogies with that of the Fang. In the exclusive presence of insiders, the clan's major decisions were made during ceremonies during which the reliquaries were taken out and used. In order to reactivate the magical charge, the initiates rubbed the relic with sand. In the Kota , these figures have achieved a staggering degree of stylization and abstraction: reduced to the shoulders and arms surmounted by a large face, the latter can be concave (female) or convex (male). ...


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Head of reliquary Betsi Nlo Angokh
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African art and funeral rites
A large head with the concave face characteristic of the Betsi style, with cabochon pupils, is topped with braids accessorized with metallic bells. Restorations were carried out using resin and metal staples. Mate crusty patina.
Fach the Fangs of Cameroon and Gabon, each family has a Byeri, or reliquary box, in which the bones of ancestors are preserved. These boxes were guarded by the oldest man in the village, the esa. The reliquary boxes were surmounted by a statue or a head that acted as the guardian of the 'byeri' boxes. These were kept in a dark corner of the box, and were intended to divert evil influences to someone else. They were also used during the initiation ceremonies of young people linked to society. So, so. The term Angokh means ...

Ambete reliquary statue, Mbte
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Statues of ancestors forming reliquary in the African art of Mbede, Mbete, or Ambete.
This statue has a hollowed-out chest bust for the relics of the ancestors. At the top of the lid the hairstyle consists of parallel sagittal crests and bells adorn the ears. The arms are folded at right angles. Semi-flexed muscular legs, carried by wide feet, one of which has been restored, evoke a ritual dance. Metal sheets are used on the face and arms and punctuate the contours of the lid. Red ochre highs, low kaolin resodus. Erosions, missing on a ridge. Metal staples at the cracks.
The Mbete form a people from Gabon, neighbouring the Obamba and Pounou, on the border of The Middle Congo, whose history has been marked by a long-running conflict against the Teke. They do not have a ...


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Reliquary figure Kota
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The cult of ancestors, the bwete (Northern Kota) was at the heart of the social and religious life of the Kota and has many analogies with that of the Fang. In the exclusive presence of insiders, the clan's major decisions were made during ceremonies during which the reliquaries were taken out and used. In order to reactivate the magic charge, the initiates rubbed the relic with sand. In the Kota, these figures have reached a degree of stylization and amazing abstraction: reduced to the shoulders and to the "Bras" topped by a large face, the latter can be concave (female) or convex (male).


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Yoruba Altar
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Yoruba statuary in African art

Oyo and Ijebu was born following the disappearance of the civilization Ifé and are still the basis of the political structure of the Yoruba. The Oyo created two cults centered on the ever-active Egungun and Sango societies, which worship their gods through ceremonies using masks, statuettes, sceptres and divination supports.

When the masks are not worn, they are placed on altars where they receive libations and prayers.
On a hollow base adorned with the faces of Orunmila god of divination but also perhaps of the divine messenger Esu, a group of characters is carved in round-bump. A pregnant woman sits in a chair in front of a second female figure standing. Four other miniature female figures, wearing ridges, kneel around them. ...


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Couple of relic statues Ambete, Mbete
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The variety of reliquaries in the African art of Mbete, Ambete .
The Mbete are known for their antropomorphic statues participating in the cult of ancestors on which a reliquary has been built. Their cylindrical abdomen contains, on the back, a cavity sealed by a door in which were preserved small bones of the ancestors of lineage. The diamond face under a crenellated hairstyle depicting the braids has pupils indicated by beads. Attached to the bust, the arms are classically folded at right angles on a trunk that sports a red ochre patina usually extracted from a crushed bark on which remains kaolin. The legs are hidden under a thick raffia loincloth. Desication cracks.

The Mbete are a people from neighbouring Gabon of the Obamba, whose history has been marked by a ...

Reliquary figure Kota
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This ritual sculpture, plated with copper-brass leaves according to the kota tradition, forms a stylized image of the ancestor, a coat of arms also for the clan, and is generally distinguished by the shape of the headdress, varying according to the regions. The Kota 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 wood carving, 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 of the bwete , comparable to those of the Fang . They are sometimes bifaces, the mbulu-viti, symbolizing the masculine and feminine aspect at the same time. This type of coin was used in ...


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Fang Sculpture of the Byeri
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Br-Guardians of reliquary in the African art of Gabon
This male figure embodying the spirit of the ancestors was destined to be fixed, fixed by means of the posterior peduncle, on the basket containing the relics of the ancestors. The character is wearing a hairstyle composed of braids gathered in shells. This tribal sculpture, preserved by the esa, the oldest man in the family, has an omblical outgrowth symbolizing the filial bond. Various restorations have been undertaken through wicker links. Smooth and shiny patina. This type of object was placed in a dark corner of the box. The relics of the most remarkable ancestors were kept in cylindrical bark boxes near the layer of the lineage chief, initiated by the family cult of the Byri . Surmounted by a human effigy that affirmed ...

Reliquary figure Kota
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With a long crest of large flat side shells, this singular concave face overhanging an ovoid forehead is plated with gold and red brown copper leaves. A fine cling and upholstery nails make the whole thing adhere to the wooden soul. The ensemble is highlighted with carefully engraved geometric patterns, consisting of ornamental friezes.
The Kota of the Sebe Valley, located in Gabon but also in Congo, produced this type of sculpture that played the role of "medium" between the living and the dead and continued to watch over their descendants. They are sometimes bifaces, the mbulu-viti , symbolizing the masculine and feminine aspect at the same time. This type of coin was used in the preservation of mortuary remains of high-lineage ancestors in baskets topped with very specific ...


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Reliquary figure Kota
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With large flat side shells, this singular concave face with an ovoid forehead is plated with gold copper leaves. A fine cling makes the whole thing adhere to the wooden soul. The ensemble is highlighted with carefully engraved geometric patterns, composing friezes embellishing the sculpture. The Kota of the Sebe Valley, located in Gabon but also in Congo, produced this type of sculpture that played the role of "medium" between the living and the dead and continued to watch over their descendants. They are sometimes bifaces, the mbulu-viti , symbolizing the masculine and feminine aspect at the same time. This type of coin was used in the preservation of mortuary remains of high-lineage ancestors in baskets topped with very specific sculptures, which played the role of guardians of relics ...


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Reliquary figure Kota
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Ex-Belgian collection
The Kota of the Sebe Valley, located in Gabon but also in Congo, produced this type of sculpture that played the role of "medium" between the living and the dead and continued to look after their descendants. They are sometimes bifaces, mbulu-viti , symbolizing the masculine and feminine aspect at the same time. This type of coin was used in the preservation of mortuary remains of high-lineage ancestors in baskets topped with very specific sculptures, which played the role of guardians of the relics named ngulu. In the exclusive presence of insiders, the clan's major decisions were made during ceremonies during which the reliquaries were taken out and used. In order to reactivate the magic charge, the initiates rubbed the relic with sand. In the Kota, these ...


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Ancestor figure of the Byeri Fang
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Br-Sculpture of female ancestor, keeping the reliquary containing the bones of the deceased, on which it was recorded by the posterior stalk. This statue has a stretched bust in which the umbilical holds a prominent place. This protrusance is related to pride attached to parentage. The gaze with metal pupils belongs to an individual in trance who would be in mediation with the supernatural world. Locally reddish-brown patina with metal leaves. Foot eroded. Xylophage prints.
A disturbing reputation of cannibals accompanied the Fang people, carefully studied by ethnologist Louis Perrois. Rituals and ceremonies related to the culte of The Byéri also included the taking of a hallucinogenic drug, the alan , in order to better communicate with the ancestors. The statuettes were removed ...

Reliquary figure Kota Mahongwe
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The cult of ancestors, the bwete (North Kota) was at the heart of the social and religious life of the Kota and has many analogies with that of the Fang . In the exclusive presence of insiders, the clan's major decisions were made during ceremonies during which the reliquaries were taken out and used. In order to reactivate the magic charge, the initiates rubbed the relic with sand. In the Kota , these figures have reached a degree of stylization and abstraction as toddning: reduced to the shoulders and to the "" topped with a large face, the latter can be concave (female) or convex (male).
The warhead face topped with a small tubular outgrowth here offers two cabochon eyes with a pupil on either side of an edge instead of the nose. Thin strips of copper and brass alternate on the ...

Songye reliquary basket
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Former Belgian private collection of African art Jan Putteneers.

In the centre of the room, there is a songye statuette with a face reminiscent of Kifwebe masks. This facies is also similar to that very geometric of some Nkisi protective fetishes.
The statuette is attached to a small terracotta clask itself placed among a multitude of offerings and libations accompanying a tangle of materials and strings.

The Songyes have created impressive statues with powerful features are often used during secret ceremonies, covered with accessories such as feathers, skin and a horn full of magic charge.
Very present in their society, divination allowed to discover the sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that struck individuals.


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Byeri reliquary keeper
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Relidary Guards in Gabon's African ArtThis male figure with his prestigious cheffale adornments embodies the spirit of ancestors. The character is wearing a voluminous headdress made up of feathers, buttons and beads. This tribal sculpture, preserved by the esa , the oldest man in the family, was probably intended for a reliquary in which the bones of the ancestors were preserved. Very present, the tubular element at the umbilical symbolizes the filial bond. The brilliance of the smooth patina is magnified by the various metallic inlays, jewelry and sidings, and colorful pearl necklaces.
Patine smooth and shiny, mahogany.
This type of object was placed in a dark corner of the box. The relics of the most remarkable ancestors were kept in cylindrical bark boxes near the layer ...


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Relic figure Mashango Bumba
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Rare reliquary sculpture devoid of the crescent crest usually accompanying this type of pieces. The front of the oval face tilts backwards to extend with a multi-hulled hairstyle. The spectacular neck is also encased with strips of copper and hammered brass. The base of the object is damaged.
Among the shira-punu group, the Massango , Mashango , have established themselves on the Chaillu massif in Gabon and in the province of Ngounié. The use of the bone baskets of the deceased, on which sculptures of this type stood, was widespread throughout Gabon, the Fang, the Kota, but also the Mitsogho and the Massango , in which this cult takes the name of Bumba . The sculptures playing the role of "medium" between the living and the dead who watched over the descendants, were associated with ...


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Reliquary figure Kota
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African art > African Reliquary > Figure Kota

The cult of ancestors, the bwete (Northern Kota) was at the heart of the social and religious life of the Kota and has many analogies with that of the Fang. In the exclusive presence of insiders, the clan's major decisions were made during ceremonies during which the reliquaries were taken out and used. In order to reactivate the magic charge, the initiates rubbed the relic with sand. In the Kota, these figures have reached a degree of stylization and amazing abstraction: reduced to the shoulders and to the "Bras" topped by a large face, the latter can be concave (female) or convex (male).


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Bakota Reliquary Keeper
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Ex-collection French African art.
The Kota of the Sebe Valley, located in Gabon but also in Congo, produced this type of sculpture that played the role of "medium" between the living and the dead and continued to watch over their descendants. They are sometimes bifaces, mbulu-viti , symbolizing the masculine and feminine aspect.
This type of coin was used in the preservation of mortuary remains of high-lineage ancestors in baskets topped with very specific sculptures, which played the role of guardians of the relics named ngulu. In the exclusive presence of insiders, the clan's major decisions were made during ceremonies during which the reliquaries were taken out and used. In order to reactivate the magic charge, the initiates rubbed the relic with sand. In the Kota, these ...


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