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Exquisite relic figure - Wood - Ambete - Gabon

Lot reference 29403099
Exquisite relic figure - Wood - Ambete - Gabon

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approx. middle of last century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

Object: Exquisite relic figure
Ethnic group/ culture: Ambete
Region/ country: Gabon
Material: Wood
Period: approx. middle of last century
Condition: Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 57×0×0 cm

Ambete / Mbete figures.
The Ambete (Mbete, Mbede, Mbete and Mbeti), of Kota origin, live in the Republic of Congo, close to the north border
of Gabon. Certain ethnological and sociological aspects of their lives are relatively well known, and we know that the secret societies were numerous and powerful. They practiced ancestor worship and carved three types of sculptures: heads, busts and complete figures. They were either used either as reliquaries or placed next to ancestral bones in a basket. Heads and busts were probably positioned on rods and placed in front of the chief’s house. They may have had an apotropaic and symbolic purpose. As an alternative, statues with a dorsal cavity or the body itself, could take on the form of reliquary box
The upper part of the statuette was long, and the back was equipped with a box-shaped hollow space in which the relics were placed, a small door with cord sealed the cavity.

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  • Very nice object. Extremely well packed! Till next time!!!!

    user-d34d631 November 14, 2019

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    Merci. objet bien reçu.
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    artdivers34 November 12, 2019

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    Bonsoir,,
    Merci beaucoup pour vos commentaires positifs, je suis très heureux que le masque soit arrivé intact et vous les aimez

    cordialement
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    Tres bon masque. Bon afaire, merci.
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    fernando4878 November 11, 2019

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    Schnell und gut - immer gern wieder
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    user-f8690dc September 26, 2019

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    très beaux masques. Parfait
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    phil7533 September 26, 2019

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    Heel goede en toffe ervaring met Mr. Gerhard Vesely.
    Alex
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    user-624181e July 15, 2019

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    Auch diese ausdrucksstarke Reliquienfigur ist wohlverpackt und schnell hier angekommen. Danke für einen insgesamt sehr angenehmen Kontakt und bis zum nächsten Mal.
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    MPOKL June 12, 2019

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    Danke für einen zügigen Versand der Maske, die es uns durch ihre eigenwillige Form sofort angetan hat. Sie strahlt auch "live" das aus, was die Fotos versprechen. Nochnals danke.
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    MPOKL June 12, 2019

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    tatiefraise007 June 7, 2019

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    user-3624aab June 2, 2019

  • The African mask arrived in perfect state, swift delivery, dependable dealer.

    ctual May 22, 2019

  • Perfect transaction

    igala May 21, 2019

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    I am very happy with the Guromask. It is a fantastic piece and it arrived safely, due to the care of the owner. The mask is exactly what I hoped.
    Again, I look at the mask with appreciation.
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    kuylvrouw May 20, 2019

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    AAA +++ EXCELENTE ...
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    solSOL May 10, 2019

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    solSOL May 10, 2019

  • good object and very good seller, fast shipping, thanks

    user-21a6fcf May 8, 2019

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    Perfect!!
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    oestertje April 12, 2019

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    Excellent quality old piece, well packed and delivered on time.
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    sifaka April 6, 2019

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    Mit diesem Anbieter habe ich bisher nur gute Erfahrungen gemacht, weiter so!
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    Katzinchen March 16, 2019

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    A very beautiful object as usual, from an excellent and competent supplier.
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    renatowiki March 14, 2019

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    Die sehr schöne Schalenträgerfigur ist heute angekommen. Sie gefällt uns sehr. Danke für den schnellen Versand und auch für eine äußerst sorgfältige Verpackung der Figur,.
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    MPOKL March 8, 2019

  • Beautiful piece, unfortunately not old as told (beginning 20th century) but instead last quarter of th20th century. The patina is clearly not genuine, made and aged with the “smoking/smoked” process.

    user-d3ba8ee February 7, 2019

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    Great and authentic qualiy of item. Exactly as pictured and described. Clear and quick communication. Perfect transaction. Highly recommended seller!
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    user-d9bccd7 February 7, 2019

  • Nice item. Well packed. Thanks.

    KaptanKrunch February 6, 2019

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    Items were packed safely and with great care, and delivered rapidly. Upon request seller had very interesting background information on the objects. Thanks!
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    user-389fdfd January 15, 2019

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