MAHONGWE RELIQUARY GUARDIANS, Gabon

In spite of their very nice patina, we have no reason to believe that these pieces have seen tribal use.


Mahongwe
21
22" high
$500

Mahongwe
23
20.5" high
$500

Mahongwe
24
16" high
$400 

  Mahongwe
28
19.5" high
$500


  Mahongwe
29
19.25" high
$500

Mahongwe
31
17.25" high
$500

  Mahongwe
34
20" high
$500

 Mahongwe
35
19.75" high
$400 


Mahongwe
36
20.5" high
$500

Mahongwe
37
20.75" high
$600

Mahongwe
39
20.5" high
$500

Mahongwe
12

21.5" high
$400 


Mahongwe
1

20" high
$400

Mahongwe
3
24" high
$400

Mahongwe
5
20.5" high
$500

Mahongwe
15

19" high
$400 


Photographs © Hamill Gallery

MAHONGWE, RELIQUARY FIGURES, Gabon

Figures like these were mounted on containers holding relics of important clan ancestors, serving as guardians. The Mahongwe are a subgroup of the Bakota, who, like the nearby Fang, also make reliquary guardians. Sheathed in metal (brass or copper strips and wire), the figures are highly abstracted. They are dedicated to Bwitti, the spirit of the ancestors.

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