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Vintage Mbete Statue

$1,200 SGD

A vintage Mbete Statue from the Kota Peoples of Gabon. They were tribes of secret societies quite large and powerful. The Mbete do not have any centralized political organization; they practice ancestor worship.

They are thought to have a connection with the ancestor’s cult and they were either used as reliquaries or placed alongside ancestor bones in a basket. The busts, figures, statues and masks of the Mbete are cubist in structure, the stepped hair-dress having clearly-marked gradations, and the face frequently being painted white.

Circa 1980s.


  • Height: 19.5"
  • Width: 5.5"
  • Depth: 6"


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