The Mbété who live near the upper Ogooué basin and its tributaries, crafted hollowed figurines which were used as reliquaries.
These representations contained the bones of deceased leaders.
Surveys were conducted in the 1920s-1930s, among central Mbété, these report an important cult of relics, the Ngoye, which consists in a closed society and attributes a supernatural power to certain bones belonging to deceased predecessors.
These relics were stored inside of the hollowed chests of these wooden sculptures.
One item observed at that period was named mitsitsi-na-ngoye.
When these kinds of figurines were not used, the latter were hung in special shelters.
Their use seems to be of an initiatory purpose.
During a ceremony, these objects could be taken out of the shelters and placed in front of the candidates of the Ngoye, in order to introduce to them the names and history of the relics.
These sacred relics were most often made of skull fragments and finger bones.
- Estatua del relicario - Mbete / Ambete
- Región / país
- Madera, rafia, Shell
- 2ª mitad siglo XX
- En buen estado, usado con algunos signos de desgaste
- Se vende con soporte
- 38×10×38 cm