Provenance: Tribal Art Inc. Bernard Barasch, Chicago, Illinois
The reliquary figures of the Kota - Mahongwe, found in the Ivindo Basin in northeastern Gabon and the adjacent regions of the People's Republic of the Congo, fascinate with their abstraction which sometimes takes you to the limit in terms of figurative identifiability. The use of metal that was regularly rubbed with fine sand to enhance its shine, was intended to increase the psychological effects of these statuettes,when shimmering, they were presented in the semi-darkness of nocturnal rites. Although the ancient funeral rites have disappeared as a result of socio-religious changes, the guardian figures are still considered dangerous. During periods of intense missionary activities, the statuettes were hidden outside of the villages in order to protect them from full-blown destruction, usually by fire. Followers of a syncretic civilisation, known under the name of "Mademoiselle", also combed through villages in Gabon and Congo to destroy traditions thought to corrupt; one of these was the 'Bwete' cult.
With this reliquary figure only the head remains, the lower section is missing!
- Figura exquisita reliquia
- Grupo étnico/cultura
- Shamaye - Kota
- Región / país
- Madera, latón, cobre
- Siglo anterior
- En estado razonable, usado con signos visibles de desgaste
- Se vende con soporte
- 30×23×0 cm