Brass Reliquary

Bakota, Gabon
Late 19th/early 20th century
Acquired from New York Dealer Alfie Sheinberg in the 1970's

One of the most iconic images in African art is that of the brass Kota reliquaries from Gabon. Highly sought after for their beauty, rarity and importance to the tribe. This example is the archetype, possessing good age, patina and all original parts. These reliquaries were kept among the bones of the ancestors guarding them as well as revering them. The brass has an antique quality only possible from age and exposure and the wood protrusion at the bottom shows extensive age as well. In excellent condition.

This reliquary stands 20 inches tall
4-12-12/ SOLD