Figure reliquaire "mbulu" ou "mwete"
Gabon, Kota, Obamba ou groupe Mindumu
|Provenance||Taille||Prix d’appel / Prix d'Estimation|
|van Offelen, Brussels, Belgium
French Private Collection, Paris
Oger & Semont, Drouot-Richelieu, Paris, 22 June 2007
Massol, Drouot, Paris, 13 May 2009, lot 161
Michael Vignold, Köln, Germany
Boris Kegel-Konietzko, Hamburg, Germany
Zemanek-Münster, Würzburg, 28 May 2011, lot 294
|H: 51,5 cm||30000 EUR / 50000 EUR|
wood, brass and copper sheet, metal nails and -clamps, slightly dam., cracks in the metal plating (coiffure), missing parts through insect caused damage and weathering (dimaond-shaped handle), small traces of corrosion (eyes), base. The ancestral cult forms the centre of the religious and social life within the family collective. When a patriarch died, various relics were taken from his body and were kept in wickerwork baskets with stylized figures on top. Each family clan owned such a reliquary ensemble, which were all kept in the background of the chiefs hut. At initiation rites the family clans gathered and each clan leader performed a dance holding the respective reliquary in his hands.