TSOGO DOOR FRAME 4, GABON

Photographs © Tim Hamill

TSOGO
DOORFRAME 4
67" high
3 pieces, mounted
$2500

Despite its traditional appearance and wonderful patina, this Tsogo doorframe shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold.

Less known than their Fang, Kwele and Punu neighbors in Gabon, the Tsogo use sculpted ancestor figures and faces to harness the power of the ancestors to protect the house. Some of these door frames are plank-like, with highly stylized figures and abstract shapes covering the sides and the horizontal top piece. Some are fully 3-dimensional, with multiple figures or a single figure emerging from an abstract pattern. They are encrusted with cracking paint and offerings and share Fang muscular tension and proportions.

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