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Ngata Reliquary
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Named Bonganga or Efomba according to the authors, these anthropomorphic coffins were intended to receive the remains of dignitaries of the Ngata ethnic group. As in Ancient Egypt, this type of sarcophagus was ordered during their lifetime by high-ranking persons. These sculptures " bonganga-nganga " are characterized by a polychromy and a beautiful alternation of geometrical patterns underlined by a decorative nailing. This ornamentation resumes the traditional scarification, tattoos, paintings and textiles that the deceased appears. The trunk, established on short massive legs, serves as a receptacle that closes a flap on the back. The bent arms are positioned glued to the bust. A head surmounts the whole. Housed in the rear reliquary, instead of the bones of the deceased, a wooden ...

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