Reliquary Guardian Figure
22 1/2" high
Circa 19th Century
Fang, Gabon, West Africa
A standing female figure with a rounded, enlarged head on a heart-shaped face and metal eyes. A cylindrical neck leads to rounded shoulders, full, pointed breasts and arms that bend at the elbows. The forearms are extended with hands touching the thighs and flanking the elongated torso and protruding navel area. The knees are bent and lead to heavy calves and comparatively small feet.
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