Kota Reliquary figure

Type: figure
Exhibits: Cycle of Life
Tribes: Kota peoples, Obamba group
Location: Gabon / north-east
Period: 20th Century
Materials: Brass Plaques, Copper Strips, Fiber, Iron Rings, Rope, Wood
Not For Sale
H: 
102.50cm
SKU: 
3057

This is a very unique statue, made of wood, completely covered with brass plaques, had a Kota head, but the extraordinary element is that the statue itself is provided with a cavity in the form of a woven basket, containing a sculpted skull - the body actually is sculpted in the shape of a reliquary chest.  From aside, the figure with its stylized frail arms sustain its belly cavity, may represent pregnancy, from frontally view, a cavity of a woven basket, containing a sculpted skull. The cycle of life is clearly revealed to the spectator: death (skull) and rebirth (womb with a fetus). The embodiment of reincarnation: a constant cycle of life – the soul returns in every cycle, when parent's life ends, the new one begins.  

Kota Reliquary figure
Kota Reliquary figure
Kota Reliquary figure
Kota Reliquary figure