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Kota Reliquary (N° 26978)

Embodying a founder of a lineage, this African sculpture is distinguished by its concave pointed face surmounted by an outgrowth symbolizing the braid of ancient notables. The piercing eyes are made of bone. Baskets containing the relics of illustrious ancestors, generally topped by two reliquaries, were kept in village temples. One of them embodied the founder of the lineage, and the second his descendants. br>The cult of ancestors, the bwete (North Kota) was at the heart of the social and religious life of the Kota and presents many analogies with that of the Fang. In the exclusive presence of initiates, the major decisions of the clan were taken during ceremonies during which reliquaries were taken out and used. In order to reactivate its magical charge, the initiates rubbed the relic with sand.  

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OriginCollection privée belge
EthnyKota
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood, metal, os
Height cm63
Width26 cm
Weight1.99 Kg
Socle includedYes

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