MAHONGWE STYLE RELIQUARY GUARDIANS, Gabon

In spite of their forms and nice patina, we have no reason to believe that these pieces have seen tribal use.


Mahongwe Style
21
22" high
$500

Mahongwe Style
23
20.5" high
$500

Mahongwe Style
24
16" high
$400 

  Mahongwe Style
28
19.5" high
$500


  Mahongwe Style
29
19.25" high
$500

Mahongwe Style
31
17.25" high
$500

  Mahongwe Style
34
20" high
$500

 Mahongwe Style
35
19.75" high
$400 


Mahongwe Style
36
20.5" high
$500

Mahongwe Style
37
20.75" high
$600

Mahongwe Style
39
20.5" high
$500

Mahongwe Style
12

21.5" high
$400 


Mahongwe Style
1

20" high
$400

Mahongwe Style
3
24" high
$400

Mahongwe Style
5
20.5" high
$500

Mahongwe Style
15

19" high
$400 


Photographs © Hamill Gallery

MAHONGWE, RELIQUARY FIGURES, Gabon

Figures like these 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 strips and wire), the figures are highly abstracted. They are dedicated to Bwitti, the spirit of the ancestors.

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