The MBÉTÉ of the upper basin of the Ogooué and its affluents, crafted figurines with very cavities that they used as reliquaries.
This type of statue has a cavity in the back which was used for magical substances, or relics of ancestors.
These relics were kept inside the hollow torso of wooden statues.
When they were not used, the statues of this type were hung in special shelters.
Their use appeared to be of an initiatory order.
At a ceremony, they could be taken out of the shelters and placed in front of the candidates of the Ngoye, to present the names and history of the relics.
Nice aged patina with white kaolin all over the body. Tribal used with traces of libation, overall good condition.
Provenance: Ex private collection from Belgium.
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May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).
- Regione / Paese
- metà del XX secolo
- Buone condizioni, usato con qualche segno di usura
- Con supporto incluso
- 55×14×13 cm
- 2300 g