Kota reliquary (mbulu ngulu)

Kota reliquary figure (mbulu ngulu), late 19th to early 20th century, Gabon, wood, copper, brass, and bone, 59.69 cm high (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

These reliquary figures helped a nomadic society to honor their loved ones after death.

Additional resources
This sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Cite this page as: Dr. Kathryn Wysocki Gunsch and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Kota reliquary (mbulu ngulu)," in Smarthistory, December 1, 2018, accessed December 9, 2023, https://smarthistory.org/kota-mfa/.