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HCK 1113-7

Bakota, Gabon

H: 56 cm (22″), W: 29 cm (11,4″)

This rare figure elegantly made in wood and brass was mounted on a container holding relics of important clan ancestors, serving as guardian. Statues like this were also meant to confer protection, fertility, prosperity and would have been displayed during dance ceremonies as well.
The projecting shapes around the face refer to elaborate coiffure, a signature style of Bakota statue. The diamond shape below the neck is an abstracted body form.

Provenance: Private Belgian collection.

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