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


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