Ritual Messengers

The Peoples of Central Africa

Efomba anthropomorphic coffin. Ntomba (Nkundo-Mongo). Equator region, Zaïre. Wood, fibre, pigments.
© Africa-Museum, Tervuren

  The Ntomba and Loi

In the Equator region, the Ntomba share the tradition of anthropomorphic coffins with the Eleku and Nkundo. Some coffins have housed a body, but the short and narrow model shown here was more likely a commemorative representation.

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