User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Reliquary Figure

Start collecting

Kota reliquary figures were among the first African works to gain admiration in the West. Their anthropomorphic shape, with oversized head and lozenge-shaped upper torso, especially appealed to artists at the beginning of the twentieth century. This work was Mrs. McMillan's first...

Show Full Description


1970, sold by the Galerie Burqui, Paris, to Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Gabon, Kota peoples, 20th century

Object Place



Overall: 66 x 35 x 8 cm (26 x 13 3/4 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

wood and metal


Africa and Oceania