SANGO RELIQUARY GUARDIAN 10

Photographs © Tim Hamill

SANGO, RELIQUARY GUARDIAN FIGURE 10, 23", $1000, 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. The five with raffia are in basketry containers (see photo detail from No. 11; They include small animal skulls, horns and shells. This one has two small skulls and two shells.

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