Tsogho. <em>Reliquary Guardian Figure (Boumba Bwiti)</em>, late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, raffia, metal, bark cloth, glass, feathers, 12 x 7 1/2 in. (30.5 x 18.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Friede, 74.121.7. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 74.121.7_front_PS6.jpg)

Reliquary Guardian Figure (Boumba Bwiti)


Medium: Wood, raffia, metal, bark cloth, glass, feathers

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:late 19th or early 20th century

Dimensions: 12 x 7 1/2 in. (30.5 x 18.4 cm)



Accession Number: 74.121.7

Image: 74.121.7_front_PS6.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Wooden figure consisting of a head and long neck attached to a reliquary bundle. Figure has powdered red tukula wood coloring, and reddish brown stained glass eyes. Thin metal strips have been attached to forehead and neck. Strips have a hammered pointed design. Two reddish-black feathers emerge from reliquary bundle on right side of figure. Bundle covered with various plant and other substances held together by crisscrossed fiber ropes. CONDITION: Very good, but fragile. Fibers in front of bundle coming loose; fiber ropes dry and some slightly brittle. Figure is attached to modern metal stand.

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