NGATA FIGURES ARCHIVES, DRC

The figures below have been sold and are left here for educational and research purposes.

For UNSOLD Ngata figures GO TO NGATA FIGURES PAGE

NGATA
Figure 1
SOLD

 

NGATA
Figure 2
SOLD

 

NGATA
Figure 6
SOLD

NGATA
Figure 7
SOLD

 

 

NGATA
Figure 8
SOLD

NGATA
Figure 9
SOLD

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

NGATA, Figures Archives, DRC

Despite their appearance these coffins were probably made to be sold.

All sculpture made among the Ngata is related to their elaborate funerary rituals. Best known are the wooden anthropomorphic polychromed coffins, which exist in both male and female forms. Reports about their use conflict, but what is certain is that they were carved in secrecy at a sacred clearing in the forest called Efomba by a ritual specialist woodcarver, bobongo, and the coffin is called bonganga-nganga. These anthropomorphic figures were put on the tombs of important people, in a small house built solely for that purpose.

Ngata coffins all have a similar hyperelongation, often with a herringbone pattern which lends the figure an appearance of even more height.

 

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