approx. middle of last century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
|Object:||Exquisite relic figure|
|Ethnic group/ culture:||Ambete|
|Period:||approx. middle of last century|
|Condition:||Vintage - used with visible signs of wear|
|Sold with stand:||No|
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.
Catawiki member since April 10, 2016, received 80 reviews in total (33 in last 12 months)
|Feedback score:||97.0% (33 reviews)|
|(last 12 months)|
Very nice object. Extremely well packed! Till next time!!!!
Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.Merci. objet bien reçu.
Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.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.
The African mask arrived in perfect state, swift delivery, dependable dealer.
Please note: some elements on this page have been translated automatically.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.
good object and very good seller, fast shipping, thanks
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.
Nice item. Well packed. Thanks.
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