The temple of africa kota reliquary guardian figure, from gabon, west africa welcome to the temple of africa, the mother of humanity and the archaic home of tantra tradition. The shamaye and obamba peoples, part of the larger kota group in northern gabon, also take part in the commemoration of ancestors their carved wooden reliquary guardian figures present a distinctive feature: the wooden support is embellished with strips of metal— copper alloys obtained from thin basins called neptunes. The muscular profile of the byeri guardian reliquary figure is a special style in african art fang carvers in gabon construct decorated figural calabashes, containers.
Kota reliquary figures such as this one fulfilled a protective function similar to the fang guardian stature (at left) the base of this figure was originally lashed to a woven container holding the relics of an important ancestor. Philadelphia museum of art: handbook of the collections like the neighboring kota, the fang people made reliquary guardian figures that were placed above containers holding the bones of ancestors fang guardians, however, are not nearly as stylized as kota examples. Penn museum object 29-12-236 - reliquary guardian figure.
Reliquary guardian figure (mbulu ngulu or mbulu viti), gabon, kota people, 19th centurywood, copper, copper alloy, and iron, 24 7/8 x 16 x 3 inches purchase: william rockhill nelson trust through the george h and elizabeth o davis fund, 99-20. Byeri guardian figures were originally attached to a cylindrical bark receptacle containing up to ten skulls assembled by several generations of a family referred to as child of medicine, they received regular offerings many byeri display a bold gaze with an intensity suggesting vigilance. This young fang eyema byeri figure of a male ancestor, with its elongated cylindrical trunk, compact, muscular legs, and simplified geometric arms, is characteristic of the style of the fang ntumu subgroup of northern gabon near the cameroon border. The object is a male ancestor figure carved from a single piece of wood wearing a thick copper alloy necklace the figure was probably attached to a skull. Reliquary guardian figure in this fang reliquary figure, the male form is reduced to basic shapes—cylinders and circles—echoing the cylindrical reliquary box.
This particular reliquary guardian figure from gabon, is called kota or mbulu-ngulu content human head with hair, a hat or headpiece, tubular neck and hollow. Fang reliquary head, bleri guardian figure, gabon, central african tribal art africahousetribal 5 out of 5 stars african reliquary 2 face guardian statue. Art history final art 266 reliquary guardian figure (mbulu ngulu) kota the wooden reliquary guardian figures of the fang in gabon and cameroon. Reliquary guardian figure (eyema-o-byeri), gabon, fang peoples, mid 18th to mid 19th century, wood and iron, 584 cm high (brooklyn museum, brooklyn, new york) smarthistory images for teaching and learning. The kota placed guardian figures called mbulu ngulu (image of the spirit of the dead) in baskets that held the bones and the skulls of important ancestors they revered these relics of important leaders in the belief that their extraordinary powers transcended death the rudimentary, diamond-shaped.
Unknown kota gabon, africa reliquary guardian figure (mbulu ngulu) 19th century wood with beaten bronze overlay 24 1/2 x 15 x 3 in (622 x 381 x 76 cm. This male ancestor statue with a stately bearing, standing at 51 cm tall, is a magnificent example of the impressive ritual statuary of the fang people of equatorial africa collected in the early 20th century, it dates from the century before, judging from the very classical quality of the. Wood, metal sheet and tags, enlivened by metal plating from various materials, typical sickle-shaped coiffure and projections on both sides, the neck merging into a diamond-shaped handle, min dam, fine cracks and traces of insect caused damage at the back, basethe ancestral cult forms the centre of the religious and social life within the family collective. File:brooklyn museum 19895146 reliquary guardian figure eyema bieri culture: fang reliquary guardian figure (eyema bieri) date 19th-20th centuries dimensions 16 x 4 3/4 x 3 3/8 in (407 x 121 x 90 cm) current location brooklyn museum arts of africa collection credit line the adolph and esther d gottlieb collection. Reliquary guardian figure (female) 21 high circa 19th century fang, gabon, west africa wood, metal a standing female figure used as a reliquary guardian the figure contains a flaring head piece and a bulbous forehead, the face decorated with copper on the forehead, eyes and circular mouth.
Bakota reliquary figure (mbulu ngulu), gabon according to dr louis perrois (france), one of the greatest connoisseurs of the art of gabon, many reliquary guardian figures of this type were collected during the 1920s and 30s. Reliquary guardian figures were also used as puppets in a ritual called mélan, a rite of appeasement during the course of their initiation into adulthood, boys learned about the history of their people, which is marked by migrations and the need for portable objects, including the reliquaries. Central africa--fang reliquary guardian figure, gabon painted wood, 19th century, 13 3/4 x 7-1/2 in, private collection the most conspicuous geographical characteristic of central africa is the huge saucerlike area drained by the zaire river (formerly called the congo) and its tributaries.
A carved head or figure mounted on top of each reliquary box guarded the sacred contents against the forbidden gaze of women and uninitiated boys the earliest reliquary guardians were heads, but by the beginning of the twentieth century busts and full figures were also being made. Covered with sheets of copper and brass, this abstract wooden human-shaped figure--distilled to a planar surface--served as a guardian set atop a basket container holding the skull, certain bones, and other relics ofa deceased man. Fang reliquary guardian figures are among the ritual objects of bieri, an association devoted to the ritual honoring of ancestors in order to obtain their goodwill and ensure the continuity between the living and the dead. The resor kota reliquary figure, of majestic size and significant antiquity, is a masterfully-wrought example of gabonese artistry, and an honored memorial to kota sculptors, blacksmiths and grand ancestral initiates.
Wooden sculptures covered with sheets of copper and brass, known as reliquary or guardian figures, were attached to the baskets containing the bones some believe that the figures are an abstract portrait of the deceased individual, while others argue that they are merely to protect the spirit of the deceased from evil. About learn more about the history of the high museum of art, plus get useful information about open positions, team members, and contact details.