Gabon

The art by people in this region is of immense spiritual significance.

19th-20th century

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Punu-Lumbo mask, from Gabon
Punu-Lumbo mask, from Gabon

This mask is used by dancers in performances during burial rites

Kota reliquary (mbulu ngulu)
Kota reliquary (mbulu ngulu)

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

Female Figure from a Reliquary Ensemble (Fang peoples)
Female Figure from a Reliquary Ensemble (Fang peoples)

The Fang peoples commemorated their ancestors with carved reliquary figures that they honored with offerings.

Male Reliquary Guardian Figure (Fang peoples)—video
Male Reliquary Guardian Figure (Fang peoples)—video

These figures look calm and contemplative, but also display real strength and vitality in their muscular forms.

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