SANGO RELIQUARY GUARDIAN 1

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

SANGO, RELIQUARY GUARDIAN FIGURE 1, 21", $250, SOLD

These figures, smaller and less familiar than Bakota and Mahongwe religuary guardians, were usually placed in basketry containers holding relics of important clan ancestors. Sheathed in metal (brass or copper), the figures are abstracted into a diamond shape below the neck. Two of the heads are mounted on iron gongs.

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