SANGO RELIQUARY GUARDIANS ARCHIVES

The figures below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.

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SANGO 1
SOLD

 

SANGO 2
SOLD

SANGO 4
SOLD

SANGO 5
SOLD

SANGO 13
SOLD


 

SANGO 6
SOLD

SANGO 7
SOLD

 SANGO 12
SOLD

 SANGO 8
SOLD

 SANGO 10
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

SANGO, RELIQUARY FIGURES, Gabon

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. The five with raffia are in the basketry containers (see photo with No. 11). They include small animal skulls, horns and shells.

Old Sango guardians are very rare. Despite their appearance, these Sango figures show little evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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