Reliquary Figure, Bakota, Gabon.
H:41 cm (16,1″), W: 22 cm (8,7″)
Provenance: Private Belgian collection.
This figure was mounted on a container holding relics of important clan ancestors, serving as guardian. Two-dimensional and sheathed in metal (brass or copper), the figure include projecting shapes around the face that refer to elaborate coiffure, and a diamond shape below the neck that is an abstracted body form.
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