Reliquary Guardian Figure
25 1/2" high
Circa 19th Century
Fang, Gabon, West Africa
A standing male reliquary figure with a bulbous forehead, concave face and arched eyebrows that lead to a flattened nose over the closed mouth. A thick columnar neck stems from broad, muscular shoulders. The arms flow to broad hands with fingers that meet in front of the figure. The figure has large, muscular legs with bent knees that lead to the feet, which have two metal anklets.
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