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Mbumba Bwiti (Reliquary Guardian Bust)

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The Tsogho (or Mitsogo) of Gabon largely adhere to the spiritual discipline Bwiti, also popular among the forest-dwelling Punu, Fang and Kota. It is recognised as one of the three official religions of Gabon. Central to this spiritual belief is a...


Waaga (Grave Marker Figure)

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Among the Konso of Ethiopia, bravery is considered a virtue. Men who have hunted and slain dangerous animals or threatening enemies are considered heroes. When one such hero dies, a stone is placed atop their grave. If he was a wealthy or senior...


Beete (Celebration Mask)

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The Kwele (or Bekwyel) are an ethnic group residing around 100 miles north of the equator along the borderlands of Gabon, Republic of the Congo, and Cameroon. This was a region famed for its harsh climate and had traditionally been notoriously...


Enok Ateng (Ancestral Figure)

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The Kaka is a name given to a cluster of peoples living in settlements south of the Donga River in Cameroon. Among them are the Mbaw (Ntem), Mbem, Mfumte, and Yamba. The Kaka are known to venerate their ancestors, celebrating them with intricate...


Ñgontang ('Young White Woman' Helmet Mask)

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The name ñgontang comes from a contraction of ñgon ntañga, meaning “the daughter of the white man" (also called nlo-ngontang, a contraction of nlo ngon ntanga, meaning "the face of the daughter of the white man"). The masks were used in the...


Musamo (Headrest)

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The Mbudye is a council of respected members of the community, both men and women, tasked with upholding the historical and political principles of the Luba state. Much like modern governments, Mbudye exists to interpret and implement laws, and to...