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Among the Kota, Bakota, the statues have reached a degree of stylization and stunning abstraction: reduced to the shoulders and "arms", topped with a large face, it can be concave (female) or convex (male). They present a peculiarity that we find only in a much less conspicuous way in the rest of African art: copper and brass, in the form of veneers, which go largely into the composition of all these objects.


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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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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Reliquary figure Kota
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African art > African Reliquary > Kota Reliquary

Ex-collection French African art.
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). The warhead face topped by 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 ...


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