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Reliquary - Copper, Wood - Mahongwe - Bakota - Gabon - Asian African Art
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Reliquary – Copper, Wood – Mahongwe – Bakota – Gabon


Ethnic group / culture:Mahongwe, Bakota
Region/ country:Gabon
Material:Wood, Copper
Period:Mid 20th century
Condition:Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand:Yes
Dimensions:59x18x15 cm
Weight:3000 g

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Gorgeous, 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. The front is decorated with various geometric patterns engraved in yellow and red copper. It obtained a slightly greenish patina of age. The Mahngwe reliquary has traces of libations and is covered with: horn, beads, iron chain, feathers, rattan and raffia. Good condition with traces of tribal use.

Provenance: Ex private collection from Belgium.

The reliquary is professionally mounted on a iron base.
Custom made stand is included!