Sango Reliquary ensemble

Mbumba Bwete
Type: reliquary ensemble
Exhibits: Cycle of Life
Tribes: Kota peoples, Sango, Mindumu group
Location: Gabon
Period: 20th Century
Materials: Brass, Copper, Fiber, Iron, Wood
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This reliquary ensemble is unique for its completeness, the figure element remains integrated with the original basket. This reliquary ensemble is a typical of the art of Sango, and is identified as Mbumba Bwete Ancestor, a symbolic representation of the Lineage's founder who guards over his descendants.The rituals associated with Mbumba included propitiatory offerings intended to appease the lineage's dead- who might still posed danger to the living - and bring well-being, fertility and prosperity to the clan. During the initiation, the rituals associated to the Mbumba included propitiatory offerings to the forebears of the lineage: skulls of the ancestors would be exhibited and identified to young initiates before being anointed with blood (usually of chickens) and replaced in the baskets (L. Perrois 1995:153).

Sango Reliquary ensemble
Sango Reliquary ensemble
Sango Reliquary ensemble
Sango Reliquary ensemble