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Seated Reliquary Figure - Copper, Wood - Kota - Gabon - Asian African Art
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Seated Reliquary Figure – Copper, Wood – Kota – Gabon


Object:Reliquary figure
Ethnic group / culture:Kota
Region/ country:Gabon
Material:Wood, Copper
Period:Mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:No
Dimensions:80×29×15 cm
Weight:3500 g

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A rare reliquary from the KOTA tribe of Gabon. These kind of reliquaries, where kept in a special cupboard at the back of the chief`s house. The Bwetes were the focus of offerings and prayers aimed at bringing good fortune to the clan. During boys initiation ceremonies, several of these reliquaries were grouped together, reinforcing the unity of the various components of the tribe.

The figure has a stylized body, which supports an enlarged, stylized copper-plated head. The back of the head isundecorated, except for a geomatrical shape.

Gorgeous, tribally used, reliquary. It played an important role in rituals concerning the ancestors.
Made out of wood, copper. Please note the hollow space in the back side of the statue filled with magical substances.

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