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Tsogho Reliquary Box (N° 19847)

This box with handles was intended for the relics of an ancestor, the bust figure surmounting its lid reproducing the silhouette of the "garde" reliquary of the bwete, or bwiti , in the Mitsoghos. Desication cracks, shrapnel. Patine mate.
The Mitsogho ethnic group, Sogho, is established in a forested area on the right bank of the Ngoumé River, Ngounié, near the Kwele. The Bwiti company, which has a system of reliquaries comparable to that of the Fang and Kota, formed the cohesion of the matrilineal clans mitsogho. Their masks were displayed at the funeral, and stored in the male ebanza initiation house. Like the other etnies of Gabon, they practice the rites of the Bwiti which would have spread in this way among the coastal peoples. Their sculptural production is varied, in the form of statues, masks, reliquary keepers, pillars, doors and panels, musical instruments. The veneration of ancestors expressed in their art plays a major role in their society.  

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Originex-collection suisse
EthnySogho
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood
Height44
Width46
Weight3.25 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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