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Reliquary - Wood, Copper - OBAMBA - KOTA - Gabon - Asian African Art
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Reliquary – Wood, Copper – OBAMBA – KOTA – Gabon


Mid 20th century – Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object: Reliquary
Indigenous object name: OBAMBA
Ethnic group/ culture: KOTA
Region/ country: Gabon
Material: Copper, Wood
Period: Mid 20th century
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 53×27×6 cm
Weight: 1300 g

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Gorgeous, tribally used, reliquary statue of a guardian. It played an important role in rituals concerning the ancestors. The worship of ancestors is at the heart of religious and social life of the Kota. On the death of the chief parts of his body are decorated with metal and rubbed with magic powders. These relics are kept in a basket. An OBAMBA figure like this one is put on top. This statue is remarkably refined. The front is decorated with various geometric patterns engraved in yellow copper. It obtained a slightly greenish patina of age. In good condition with traces of wear and tear.

Provenance: Ex private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 – 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.

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