Title: Reliquary figure
Material: Wood, brass and copper
People: Kota and Mahongwe
Description: The Kota create stylistically unique reliquary
figures, called 'mbulu-ngulu,' which are covered with strips
of brass or copper. Like the Fang, the Kota keep the remains
of their ancestors in containers, which consist here of a
basket surmounted by the carved figure. Such figures are
believed to ward off supernatural intervention. The figure is
brought out occasionally with the villagers gathered to renew
the villagers strength with that of their ancestors.
Reliquary dimensions: 18 1/2" height x 11 3/4" width x 1 3/4" depth
Stand dimensions: 7" x 4"
Reliquary with stand dimensions: 22 1/2" height x 11 3/4" width x 4" depth