Old Sango guardians are very rare. Despite their appearance, these Sango figures show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold. They might not have been made by the Sango people in Gabon.
Photographs © Tim Hamill
SANGO STYLE RELIQUARY FIGURES, Gabon
Figures like these, 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. Sango 3 is mounted on an iron gong.
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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