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Beautiful religious artifact

reliquary figure

reliquary figure

Q: Recently I purchased a mask from a local shop in Sydney which sells various goods from Oceania and Africa. The mask is made of wood covered with metal strips and wires (copper?). I like its look and enjoy having it in my house, and would be very grateful if you let me know if this mask is of any significance. Ted, 554

A: A very nice piece indeed, it is a reliquary figure from the Mahongwe people of Gabon, West Africa. They are a sub-group of the Kota culture. It is made of copper, brass, and wood. These stunning sculptures are dedicated to a spirit of the ancestors, and are important religious artifacts. They are hard to find. Both artists and mask collectors love them. Display it proudly.  A

Categories:   Africa

Comments

  • Posted: November 6, 2013 05:25

    tianna

    that is creapy! weard
  • Posted: November 8, 2013 23:44

    leon

    There is one at the museum palais du Louvre. Perrois is a connaisseur you'll find info on my blog too http://trivialarttribalartta-ta.blogspot.nl/p/blog-page.html