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The Kota are settled in the east of Gabon. Their reliquaries have greatly contributed to the discovery of their objects in tribal art. Like crucifixes in the Catholic religion, they are dedicated to the preservation of human bones.


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Effigy of a Kota ancestor known as mbulu-ngulu, offering an oval face haloed by a flat headdress extended with pendants. The whole is plated with metal sheets engraved in repoussé. The base which would represent the arms is only partly covered with metal.
This type of figure surmounted the baskets in which the mortuary relics of high-line ancestors were stored, playing the role of guardians named ngulu.
Foot erosions.
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. Among the Kota, these figures have reached an astonishing degree of stylization and abstraction: reduced ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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African sculpture ritual, plated with copper sheets according to the kota tradition, forming a stylized image of the ancestor, a coat of arms also for the clan, and which is generally distinguished by the shape of the headdress, variable depending on the regions. This version is distinguished by its geometric plans and volumes.
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. The sculptures playing the role of "medium" between the living and the dead who watched over the descendants, were associated with the rites at bwete , comparable to those of the Fang . They are sometimes bifaces, the mbulu-viti, symbolizing the ...


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Obamba Reliquary
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This stylized ancestor figure is of the Obamba type from Haut-Ogooué. Sheets of metal adorn the wooden structure. The domed eyes, within a concave face evoking a skull, are animated by pupils.
This type of effigy, among the Kota, had the function of keeping the mortuary relics of ancestors of high lineage, fragments of bones placed for this purpose in baskets made of wickerwork or bark.
In the exclusive presence of initiates of the bwete cult, the major decisions of the clan 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. Sacrifices and offerings were then administered for the purpose of protecting the community or family from harmful forces.


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Obamba sculptural expression in African art.

Kota type ancestor effigy called mbulu-ngulu, similar to the Obamba type. The concave face, from which the cabochon eyes pierce, is haloed by a headdress with side fins. The whole is plated with metal sheets engraved in repoussé. The eroded base which would represent the arms is only partly covered with metal.

This type of figure surmounted the baskets in which the mortuary relics of high-lineage 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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The baskets containing the relics of illustrious ancestors, generally surmounted by two reliquaries, were kept in the temples of the village. One of them embodied the founder of the lineage, and the second his descendants. Ancestor worship, 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 initiates, the major decisions of the clan were taken 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. Among the Kota, these figures have reached an astonishing degree of stylization and abstraction: reduced to shoulders and "arms" surmounted by a large face, the latter can be concave ...


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Elegant variant of Mbulu ngulu , plated with copper sheets according to the kota tradition, stylized image of the ancestor, coat of arms also for the clan, and which is generally distinguished by the shape of the headdress, which varies according to 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.
The sculptures playing the role of "medium" between the living and the dead who watched over the descendants, were associated with the rites at 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.


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This ritual sculpture, plated with copper sheets 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 region. This version has a concave face, and a rounded end extended with pendants. The almond eyes are made of bone, pierced with a nail.
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.
The sculptures playing the role of "medium" between the living and the dead who watched over the descendants, were associated with the rites at the bwete , comparable to those of the ...


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Tam Kota
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The footing of this tam-tam Kota, which accompanied the ritual dances, is composed of two curved supports and two miniature reliquary figures, caryatids resting on a ring. These abstract effigies embodying the ancestors, named ngulu, surmounted the baskets bwed in which the relics of the ancients of high lineage were kept. The membrane of the drum, fixed by large wooden pegs around which raffia cords are stretched, returns largely to the sound box. Friezes of contrasting patterns animate the surface. The guardian effigies of reliquary were recorded in the baskets in which the bones and relics of the ancestors were inserted. In the exclusive presence of insiders, the clan's major decisions were made during ceremonies during which the reliquaries ...


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Ritual sculpture, plated with copper sheets according to the kota tradition, forming a stylized image of the ancestor, a coat of arms also for the clan, and which is generally distinguished by the shape of the headdress, which varies according to the region. This version is distinguished by its more realistic face than usual.
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. The sculptures playing the role of "medium" between the living and the dead who watched over the descendants, were associated with the rites at bwete , comparable to those of the Fang . They are sometimes bifaces, the mbulu-viti, symbolizing the ...


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Kota Mbulu ngulu reliquary figure
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The baskets containing the relics of illustrious ancestors, generally surmounted by two reliquaries, were kept in the temples of the village. One of them embodied the founder of the lineage, and the second his descendants. Ancestor worship, 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 initiates, the major decisions of the clan were taken 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. Among the Kota, these figures have reached an astounding degree of stylization and abstraction: The bulbous forehead extended by a geometric nose surmounts cabochon eyes pierced with a ...


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Kota Obamba reliquary figure
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Sculptural expression Obamba in African art

Kota ancestor effigy known as mbulu-ngulu , its morphology is similar to the Obamba type. A concave face with a prominent forehead is surrounded by a crescent cap. The whole is plated with metal sheets engraved with repoussé. The base which would represent the arms is only partially covered with metal.
This type of figure surmounted the baskets in which were stored the mortuary relics of ancestors of high lineage, playing in a way the role of guardians called ngulu .
Erosions and cracks of the foot.
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 its magical ...


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Kota reliquary
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Sculptural expression Obamba in African art

Obamba-type Kota ancestor effigy, known as mbulu-ngulu , whose uniqueness lies in the outgrowths in pastilles haloing the face. The sculpture is plated with metal sheets engraved with repoussé. The base which would represent the arms is only partially covered with metal.
This type of figure surmounted the baskets in which were stored the mortuary relics of ancestors of high lineage, playing in a way the role of guardians called ngulu .
Desiccation cracks.
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 its magical charge, the initiates rubbed the relic with ...


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Kota Sangu reliquary figure
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This ritual sculpture, plated with metal sheets according to Kota tradition, forms a stylized image of the ancestor, a coat of arms also for the clan, and is usually distinguished by the shape of the headdress, which varies by region. 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 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 . They are sometimes bifacial,the mbulu-viti, symbolizing both the masculine and feminine aspect. These types of pieces, named ngulu, acted as "guardians" of the ...

Kota Ndasa reliquary figure
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Baskets containing the relics of illustrious ancestors, usually topped by two reliquary sculptures, were kept in village temples. One embodied the founder of the lineage, and the second his descendants. 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 initiates, the major decisions of the clan were made during ceremonies in which the reliquaries were brought out and used. In order to reactivate its magical charge, the initiates rubbed the relic with sand. This sculpture has a headdress representative of the Ndasa of the upper Ogooué valley.
The concave face here offers crescent-shaped eyes each pierced with two pupils. Copper leaves and strips ...

Gong City
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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 ...


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Kota Mbulu Ngulu reliquary figure
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This ritual sculpture, plated with copper leaves according to the Kota/ndasa 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 region. This version has a domed forehead on a concave face, and a large crest headdress extended by lateral shells. The eyes are studded.
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 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 ...

Mahongwe statue
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This sculpture, "boho-na-bwete ", decorated with strips and copper wire, is a specificity MaHongwe of the extreme northeast of Gabon, on the border with Congo. Baskets containing the relics of illustrious ancestors, usually topped by two such reliquaries, were kept in village temples. One embodied the founder of the lineage, and the second his descendants. Ancestor worship, the bwete (Northern Kota) was indeed central to the social and religious life of the Kota . It has many analogies with that of the Fang . In the exclusive presence of initiates, the major decisions of the clan were made during ceremonies in which the reliquaries were used. In order to reactivate its magical charge, the initiates rubbed the relic with sand. Among the Kota , these figures have reached an astounding ...


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Figure of reliquary Kota Mbulu Ngulu
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A ritual, stylized figure embodying the ancestor, a coat of arms also for the clan, this sculpture is generally distinguished by the shape of the headdress, which varies according to region. 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 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 . They are sometimes bifacial,the mbulu-viti, symbolizing both the masculine and feminine aspect. These types of pieces, named ngulu, acted as "guardians" of the relics above the baskets containing the mortal ...

Kota Mbulu Ngulu reliquary figure
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This ritual sculpture, plated with copper foil according to Kota tradition, forms a stylized image of the ancestor, a coat of arms also for the clan, and is usually distinguished by the shape of the headdress, which varies according to region.
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 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 . They are sometimes bifacial,the mbulu-viti, symbolizing both the masculine and feminine aspect.

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