Dimensions: H:35.4" W:24.4" L:4.7" Weight: 20.2 lbs.
Bakota Reliquary Figure (Mbulu Ngulu) carved by the Bakota people of Gabon - This reliquary custodian was created with a strikingly distinctive geometric figure. It is sculpted in wood first, then elegantly wrapped and woven in copper and brass strips. The Kota (Bakota) create visually unique reliquary figures known as mbulu-ngulu, which are used in ancestral worship rites. It was placed on a container carrying the bones of important clan ancestors not just as a guardian, but also to provide protection to the Kota people.
About the Tribe
Kota People also known as Bakota, Kuta and Akota can be found in Gabon and Republic of the Congo. They are part of the Bantu speaking branch or Bantu speaking people and are related to the Fang people of Gabon.