Kota Reliquary Figure, probably Shamaye group, Gabon

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Lot 375
Kota Reliquary Figure, probably Shamaye group, Gabon

US$ 12,000 - 18,000
€ 10,000 - 15,000

African and Oceanic Art

22 May 2018, 15:00 PDT

Los Angeles

Kota Reliquary Figure, probably Shamaye group, Gabon
boho na bwete
Wood, copper, brass, bone
height 17 3/4in (45cm)

Provenance
Private Collection, France
Belgian Private Collection

In this composition, the oval head with a flat plane creates an interesting contrast to the diamond-shaped core below; the head with a band that peaks at the summit and flares outwards below towards the bottom; the face with a raised forehead, circular bone eyes attached with a band of horizontal brass bands; the neck banded with copper and the upper portion of the diamond base applied with brass embossed with a linear design; dark-brown patina with old encrustations on the back of the head.
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