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Reliquary guardian figurine - BAKOTA - Gabon

Lot reference 10010833
Reliquary guardian figurine - BAKOTA - Gabon

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2nd half of the 20th century - Nice condition

BAKOTA reliquary guardian figurine, Gabon ; Wood ; Plated metal ; Ancient patina. Height: 52 cm ; Object in very nice condition.

These type of reliquaries were used for the conservation of the mortuary remains of ancestors of high lineage, placed in baskets topped by specific sculptures which, somehow, played the role of guardians of these relics.
The most important decisions of the clan were taken, in the exclusive presence of the initiates, during ceremonies in which the reliquaries were exhibited and used.
Among the KOTA, these figurines reached a high degree of amazing stylisation and abstraction: reduced to the shoulders and “arms” which are surmounted by a large face, which is either concave (feminine) or convex (masculine).
They present a specificity which is less clear within the rest of the art of Black Africa: copper and brass, in the shape of hammered plates, are systematically and widely included in the composition of all these objects. This contributes to the fact that they are sought by amateurs of African art.

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Feedback score: 91.6%
Reviews given: 163
Member since: November 7, 2016
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    Bel objet à prix raisonnable. Bon emballage.
    Vendeur très sérieux

    Artisanat October 14, 2017

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    more than a month after purchase, still i couldn't collect the item. want refund.

    pekinoise October 6, 2017

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    This seller has to learn how to pack objects. The paddle arrived in a broken parcel because of poor packaging and was (slightly) damaged. Please respect the objects you sell as this happened before!

    urolmaas September 28, 2017

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    Fast shipment. A+++++++

    pacific-art-collector September 22, 2017

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    Bien reçu.

    GILLESHARMONIA September 18, 2017

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