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Kota: Visions of Africa Series: Visions of Africa Series

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9788874396078
Author(s): Louis Perrois
Format: Paperback
Year: 2012
Publisher: 5continents
Pages: 160
Series: Visions of Africa

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This new title in the 'Visions of Africa' series offers a deep insight into the art of the Kota people who live in Gabon in the coastal area of western equatorial Africa. 'The Kota' has developed an astonishing creativity in their representations of their ancestors. Their dreamlike figures combine a sharp sense of stylised reality tending towards abstraction with an extraordinary and imaginative use of copper, tin and iron for purposes of decoration. But what seems to have been just a matter of aesthetic 'taste' has in fact a symbolic function, as most of the decorative motifs and the choice of the technique are linked to the kinship system or religious beliefs. The same applies to the use of copper, which was a rare material and consequently a mark of wealth and power in their society. The mbulu-ngulu reliquary figure was an icon, the visual sign of a world in which the ancestors continued to watch over their descendants. In Kota lands it was an essential 'tool' in group survival, one that enabled a continuous communication to be established between the living and the dead.
The reliquary figures and initiation masks of the Kota and Mbete served as aides-memoire and instruments useful in arousing the forces of the netherworld among the Gabonese and Congolese in times past. Together with the Fang byeri and other nkisi punu, in their various forms they have gradually become the time-honoured emblems of the culture and ancestr Please click here to ask a question
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