Kota Mbulu Ngulu Reliquary Figure, African Tribal Creations, Art, Bakota, Gabon For Sale
AnAfrican Tribal Creations gallery sale!!!
This sale is for a Kota Mbulu Ngulu Reliquary Figure. The Kota, or Bakota, people are spread primarily across a sizable region of Eastern Gabon, but also to a smaller extent in the People's Republic of Congo. A cultural hodge-podge, the Kota are primarily agrarian, farming a few primary crops, and are known for using the slash-and-burn farming technique, as well as crop rotations. They are thus a relatively sustainable people, utilizing these techniques to reduce the soil erosion and nutrient depletion of their farmlands. Their religious/spiritual life surrounds the worship of ancestors, and their most notable piece of artwork, the Mbulu Ngulu, plays a notable part in this belief system. Though they vary a great deal stylistically, these figures seem to universally display a relatively spade-shaped head leading down to a diamond shaped lower portion, to which was attached various bundles of relics and/or bones of their ancestors. The figure protected these bundles, referred to as bwete, and upon being lashed to it, would stand more or less upright. The surfaces of these pieces would be embellished with various metals, each of which held a 'magical' significance. Though a similar form of art is found among the Mahongwe people, the Mbulu Ngulu is characteristically Kota.This Mbulu Ngulu is in quite lovely condition, featuring one variation on the spade-shaped upper, and the typically characteristic diamond-shaped lower. Its forward surface has been covered with sheet metal, and it's 'facial features' are made up of this metal, as well as various metal fasteners. The bottom of the figure terminates in an actual base, whereas some terminate only in a rounded end, making this piece somewhat easier to display. It is in quite good condition, though it does features typical rubs, dings, and scratches associated with advanced age and elemental exposure. The piece appears entirely structurally sound, and all of its sheet metal still appears to be firmly affixed to the wood. These unusual figure make a curious addition to any collection, and one should be a part of every collection! Dimensions are 22" tall x 3" x 9". It weighs just over two pounds.MEDIUM: Wood, MetalPiece being re-listed due to delinquent buyer.NOTHINGwe sell at African Tribal Creations is made in China, Taiwan, Thailand, or wherever. All items are 100% guaranteedAFRICAN ART, made in Africa BY the indigenous peoples of Africa. We have 100% positive response for a reason. Not quite the piece you're looking for?Check us out atthe African Tribal Creations galleryfor much more 100% genuine African art! Photographs are copyright of African Tribal Creations, and should not be used without permission. Thanks for understanding!Payment is expected within 3 days of sale close. Unless other arrangements are made, negative response will be assessed in the event of non payment. This is a beautiful piece of art! It would be a great compliment to any decor, or private collection! PayPal is the only accepted payment method unless other arrangements are made. Thank you! Ships insured, and with delivery confirmation so you can track your purchase to your door! Please be advised that in the event of a broken piece, USPS will require you to surrender the piece to obtain a full refund. Shipping price is for the Continental US only. If you are offerding from Alaska or Hawaii, please contact us about shipping rates, or they will be applied to your invoice. Let us know if you're interested in combined shipping! Thanks! We will ship internationally, but please contact for a shipping quote. We cannot be held responsible for customs hold ups! We will do our best, but at the end of the day, we can't offer an absolute international guarantee. Thanks for understanding!