MAHONGWE RELIQUARY GUARDIAN 7, wood, brass / copper, 23", Gabon $600
These figures 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 wire), the figures are highly abstracted. They are dedicated to Bwitti, the spirit of the ancestors.
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