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Kota reliquary (N° 22524)

Obamba sculptural expression in African art

Kota Obamba type ancestor effigy known as mbulu-ngulu. Under a prominent forehead, the face offers two eye-cabochons pierced with nails forming the pupils. Sheets of metal, whose hammered patterns emphasize the contours, cover the sculpture.
The Mahongwe, Obamba, Shamayé and Sango form with the Kota a group with similar rites and society. It is in the eastern part of Gabon that they live among the forests. Some crossed the Congo border after going up the sources of the Ogooué. This type of figure topped the baskets in which the mortuary relics of high-line ancestors were stored, playing the role of guardians called ngulu. In the exclusive presence of initiates, the major decisions of the clan were taken during ceremonies during which the reliquaries were taken out and used by the banganga. In order to reactivate the magic charge, the initiates rubbed the relic with sand.  

 


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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyKota
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm58
Width10 cm
Weight2.20 Kg
Socle includedYes

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