Reliquary Image (Ngulu/Nguru)
15 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (38.7 x 28.6 cm)
Medium and Support:
Brass and copper over wood
Gift of Gertrude Herdle Moore and Isabel Herdle in honor of Langdon Clay
Location: Currently on view
In the past, the Kota venerated the bones of their most revered ancestors. The bones were believed to embody their spirits which, if treated well, could aid and improve the lives of the living. Kept in enclosed baskets, these precious, sacred bones were guarded by reliquary figures like this one.
[Gallery label text, 2009]