Mahongwe Reliquary - Copper, Wood - Bakota - Gabon

Mahongwe Reliquary - Copper, Wood - Bakota - Gabon
1st half 20th century - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Gorgeous, high-quality, tribal used, reliquary statue of a guardian. It played an important role in rituals concerning the ancestors. The worship of ancestors is at the heart of religious and social life of the Kota. On the death of the chief parts of his body are decorated with coper and metal strips, and rubbed with magic powders. These relics are kept in a basket. A guardian statue like this one is put on top. This statue is remarkably refined. Both faces are decorated with various geometric patterns engraved in yellow and red copper. It obtained a slightly greenish patina of age. Slight traces of wear and tear. In good condition.

Provenance: former private collection from Belgium. Collected in the period 1953 - 1959 (More details provided to buyer).
Sold with a certificate of authenticity.

Stand is decorated with animal teeth and is included.
Shipping within 24 hours after the payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured.
May as well be viewed and picked up at the Asian African Art Gallery in Vessem (NL).

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Lot details
Mahongwe Reliquary
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Copper, Wood
1st half 20th century
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
61×23×7 cm
1400 g
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