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Reliquary Guardian Figure (Female)

21" high

Circa 19th Century

Fang, Gabon, West Africa

Wood, Metal

A standing female figure used as a reliquary guardian. The figure contains a flaring head piece and a bulbous forehead, the face decorated with copper on the forehead, eyes and circular mouth. The arched eyebrows lead to a flattened nose. A columnar neck stems from broad shoulders with enlarged deltoids. The muscular arms lead to broad hands which rest on the figure's knees. The legs sit in a squatting position and the body is appliqued with copper on the breasts, abdomen and wrists.


reliquary, reliquary guardian figure, African art, African artifacts, African sculpture, Fang, Gabon, West Africa


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