Sold for £2,000
Kota gong, cloche or bells,
the janus head half clad in brass and copper surmounted by a stylized bird, the bells carved with lizard design, all carved in one,
78cms high, 28cms wide.
Kota musical instrument rare and ancient, used, among others, during the Bwiti ceremonies which is an initiatory rite originating from the populations Mitsogho and Gapinzi of the central gabon. To be admitted to Bwiti society, candidates must undergo a series of tests or rites of passage, which begin in a pen strictly reserved for initiates. Each candidate has a "mother", who is an old initiate; it is a man who ensures that the initiation ceremony is conducted according to the rules and ensures that the dose of ibonga preparation that will bring the initiating applicant into a trance, is not too strong. 53 cm high
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Auction: The Tribal Auction - The Private Collection of a Belgian Gentleman, Fri, 24th Jan 2020
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