Title: Kota Reliquary
Material: Wood, brass, and copper
Description: The Kota create stylistically unique reliquary figures, called mbulu-ngulu, which are covered with 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 inter vention. The figure is brought out occasionally with the villagers gathered to renew the villagers strength with that of their ancestors.
21"h x 9"w, 4" x 4" base