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Reliquary Keeper Galoa Okukwé (N° 16423)
Belgian African art collection.
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This sculpture, which time and insects have not spared, has a face with the features of the judicial mask of the okukwé society, worn on the occasion of a funeral or the birth of twins. Satin patina, lustrous. Cracks and misses. The Galoa (or Galwa), a subgroup Pounou , live downstream from Lambaréné on the Ogooué River, on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. They also produced masks called Okouyi used by initiation societies to reveal witchcraft and their authors through divination. Several neighbouring ethnic groups, including the Adouma and Kota, use contrasting flats in Gabon, including kaolin that is supposed to have apotropaic virtues. Groups in Gabon practice the cult of bwiti, the cult of ancestors, and their relics are topped with a sculpture acting as a watchman. "The soul of Africa" S. Diakonoff; "The Tribal Art of Black Africa" ed. Assouline.
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