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Galoa Reliquary
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This sculpted bust, altered by time and insects, adopts a face with the features of the judicial mask of Okukwé society, worn on the occasion of funerals, the birth of twins, or other major events.
Glossy patina, cracks and losses.
The Galoa (or Galwa), a Pounou subgroup, live downstream from Lambarene on the Ogooué River, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. They are called "people of the lake". They also produced masks called Okouyi, Okukwé, used by initiatory societies to reveal witchcraft and their authors through divination. Several neighboring ethnic groups, including the Adouma and the Kota, use flat areas of contrasting colors in Gabon, including kaolin supposed to have apotropaic properties. The groups of Gabon practice the worship of the bwiti, worship of the ancestors, ...


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Statue Galoa
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Belgian African art collection.
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 ...


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