Kota Obamba Figure
Mbulu-Ngulu reliquary figure
Carved wood and copper
Early 20th century or earlier
Height: 20 ¾ in. (53 cm)
Ex private collection, acquired in the 1950s
Ex Christie’s Paris, Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie, June 11th 2012
Ex collection Daniel Hourdé, Paris
Ex Galerie Ratton, Paris
Ex private collection, Paris acquired from the above in 2017
Publication / Exhibition:
“Gabon”, Galerie Philippe Ratton, June-Sept. 2017 p. 40-41
According to Efraim Andersson’s Kota informers (Contribution à l'ethnographie des Kuta, 1953-1974), figures with concave-convex faces and domed foreheads, such as the present example, are male representations.
Of an impressive style and sculptural presence, this Kota Obamba figure is a masterpiece of classical African Art.