Central Africa

Gabon

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

19th-20th century

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

Keeping your loved ones close: a Kota reliquary figure

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.

Female Reliquary Guardian Figure (Fang peoples)—video
Female 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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