These anthropomorphic sculptures were fixed above a basket containing ancestral bones. Beautiful stylized statues, they were the link between the living and the deceased and were kept on shelves, far from secular eyes in a place conducive to meditation. The size reliquaries varied with the importance of the deceased. Typical and recognizable at first glance, with their stylized faces and their copper or brass plating, their diversity is still very surprising. TYPE OF OBJECT: Reliquary figure.DIMENSIONS: 21 1/4 inches (23 inches high with the base). CONDITION: Correct Damaged wood at the base, some oxydation (See pictures). Louis Perrois, Arts d'Afrique noire, n°20, 1976. Gérard Delorme, Réflexions sur l'art funéraire Kota, 1ère partie, Arts d'Afrique noire, n°122, pages 14 à 42, 2002. Gérard Delorme, Réflexions sur l'art funéraire Kota, 2ème partie, Arts d'Afrique noire, n°123, pages 9 à 24, 2002. Louis Perrois, Tribal Art Hors Série. Louis Perrois, Art ancestral du Gabon, 1985. The item "Beautiful MAHONGWE Reliquary Figure Gabon KOTA African Tribal Art 0655" is in sale since Friday, April 3, 2020.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks". The seller is "galerie-de-la-louve-arts-premiers" and is located in La Louvière. This item can be shipped worldwide.