Reliquary figure - Mbete or Ambete People, Gabon - CGM9
Reliquary figure - Mbete or Ambete People, Gabon - CGM9
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Reliquary figure - Mbete or Ambete People, Gabon - CGM9

$6,000.00
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.
It 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
Width: 5
Depth: 4
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