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Figure of reliquary Kota Ngulu - Gabon - African Art

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Figure of reliquary Kota Ngulu - Gabon - African Art
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  • Title: Figure of reliquary Kota Ngulu - Gabon - African Art Tribal Art
  • Type: Reliquary, figure
  • Date/Period: Second half 20th century
  • Origin: Gabon
  • Dimension: 20,47 Inch
  • Weight: 2,76 Pounds
  • Material: Wood, metal
  • Note: Stand not included.
  • Additional Information: This ritual sculpture, plated with copper leaves 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 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. 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, mbulu-viti, symbolizing both the masculine and feminine aspects. This type of coin, called ngulu, served as a 'guardian' relics above the baskets containing the mortuary remains of high-line ancestors. 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. Among the Kota, these figures have achieved a staggering degree of stylization and abstraction: reduced to the shoulders and arms surmounted by a large face, the latter can be concave (female) or convex (male).

    Reserve: $286.00

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    Figure of reliquary Kota Ngulu - Gabon - African Art

    Estimate $350 - $400
    Apr 21, 2021
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    Starting Price $220
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    0029: Figure of reliquary Kota Ngulu - Gabon - African Art

    Sold for $300
    3 Bids
    Est. $350 - $400Starting Price $220
    Tribal Art Sale
    Apr 21, 2021 9:00 PM EDT
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    Description
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  • Title: Figure of reliquary Kota Ngulu - Gabon - African Art Tribal Art
  • Type: Reliquary, figure
  • Date/Period: Second half 20th century
  • Origin: Gabon
  • Dimension: 20,47 Inch
  • Weight: 2,76 Pounds
  • Material: Wood, metal
  • Note: Stand not included.
  • Additional Information: This ritual sculpture, plated with copper leaves 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 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. 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, mbulu-viti, symbolizing both the masculine and feminine aspects. This type of coin, called ngulu, served as a 'guardian' relics above the baskets containing the mortuary remains of high-line ancestors. 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. Among the Kota, these figures have achieved a staggering degree of stylization and abstraction: reduced to the shoulders and arms surmounted by a large face, the latter can be concave (female) or convex (male).

    Reserve: $286.00

    Shipping:
  • Domestic: Flat-rate of $55.00 to anywhere within the contiguous U.S.
  • International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination.
  • Combined shipping: Please ask about combined shipping for multiple lots before bidding.
  • Location: This item ships from Belgium

    Your purchase is protected:
    Photos, descriptions, and estimates were prepared with the utmost care by a fully certified expert and appraiser. All items in this sale are guaranteed authentic.

    In the rare event that the item did not conform to the lot description in the sale, Jasper52 specialists are here to help. Buyers may return the item for a full refund provided you notify Jasper52 within 5 days of receiving the item.
  • Condition
    ...
    Good, see pictures.

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