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Reliquary Image (Ngulu/Nguru)

15 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (38.7 x 28.6 cm)

Unknown, Kota
Gabonese

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Brass and copper over wood
Credit Line: Gift of Gertrude Herdle Moore and Isabel Herdle in honor of Langdon Clay
Accession Number: 1985.25
Location: Currently on view
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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]

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