African art > Usual items > Gong City

Kota ritual gong (N° 17918)

A traditional accessory accompanying the various ritual ceremonies, this gong is topped by a figure of copper-plated wooden reliquary, whose design would be characteristic of the Obamba (subgroup kota according to some) or The Mindoumou (or Ondoumbo) of Haut-Ogooué in the north of the Gabon.La patina attests to the age of this piece.
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 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, the mbulu-viti , symbolizing the masculine and feminine aspect at the same time. These types of pieces were used in the preservation of mortuary remains of the upper-line ancestors in baskets topped with sculptures. 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.  

Watch the video

250.00 
Possibility of payment in2x (2x 125.0 €)

This item is sold with its certificate of authenticity

Estimated shipping cost





OriginColl. française Beauduin
EthnyKota
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood, metal, plant fibre
Height43
Width13
Weight0.55 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

You could also be interested by these items
Epee EkondaBoite à oracle Kongo YombéChapeau BamilekeFigure KotaArme Hemba

You must login to access these options
   Warn me if a similar item is added to the catalog
   Warn me if the price decreases
Manage my alerts
One person already marked interrest on this item

You have question on this item ? contact us

17919

Previously viewed items
African art - Kota ritual gong
African art  -  New York - Paris - London

© 2020 - Digital Consult SPRL

Essentiel Galerie SPRL
73 Rue de Tournai - 7333 Tertre - Belgique
+32 (0)65.529.100