The tensed posture suggests their role as an
active guardian to the reliquary's contents
placed in their back.
The spiritual connection
between the living and the dead is given
physical form in these reliquary guardians.
was believed that small bones retained the
power of deceased ancestors. By preserving
the relics, that power would provide protection
for the family members caring for the remains.
Ex. Leonard Kahan Gallery, NY and Ex. McConnell collection
Height: 17 ⅛”
Depth: 4 ¾”