Curator‘s Comments

Reliquary figures were made by the Kota peoples to serve as protectors of their ancestors’s relics and bones. This example is striking in its depiction of the human face in terms of geometric shapes, the use of two different metals, and its overall excellent condition.

Unknown artist. African, Kota peoples, 19th-20th century

Reliquary Figure (ingulu), n.d.

Wood with brass sheeting, copper pieces

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Smiley (Cecilia Sahlman, class of 1950)

ID Number: SC 2000:12–4